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Woman PDS shop owner killed in Orissa

Was stabbed,set on fire by 5 accused,including sarpanch.

A woman was allegedly stabbed and set on fire by a group of men,including a village sarpanch,in Ganjam district of Orissa on Monday evening. She succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.

Pranati Das (30),an owner of a public distribution system (PDS) shop,was at home in Sanaramchandrapur village in Rambha area of Ganjam on Monday when she was called out by two men. When she came out,“five people,including the sarpanch of the Sanaramchandrapur grampanchayat,stabbed her with a sword,poured kerosene on her and set her on fire,” Ganjam SP Ashish Kumar Singh said.

“She had shut her shop by 7 pm. There was a power-cut in the area and people were in their homes when the incident happened,” he said.

Das,who lived alone,was taken to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur town with more than 95 per cent burn injuries. As her condition deteriorated,she was shifted to a hospital in Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh where she succumbed to her injuries Tuesday morning.

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The SP said the woman had,in her dying statement,accused the sarpanch of trying to get ownership of her shop. “There clearly was lot of bad blood between the two. From her house,we recovered a couple of threatening letters from him (the sarpanch),asking her to to give up the dealership of the shop.”

“It would have been difficult for us to nab the accused had the woman not revealed their names in her dying statement. We have arrested four of the 5 accused. The case would be put up for fast-track trial,” he said.

First published on: 01-01-2014 at 00:05 IST
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