Woman found dead, family allege murder by husband & in-laws in Balasore

Balasore: The Industrial Police in Balasore started an investigation after a woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday.

One Minakhi Behera of Silang area of Balasore district had married Kashinath Behera of Chhanapur village on June 6, 2021 as per the Vedic rituals. She was given a dowry worth over Rs 15 lakh during her marriage. However, her mother-in-law had allegedly demanded a dowry of another 5 lakhs.

Minakhi’s in-laws used to allegedly torture her over the dowry demand and even used to physically attack her. Unable to bear the assault and torture, she used to inform this to her family members over phone calls.

Yesterday morning, Minakhi had reportedly called her aunty (mother’s sister) and requested her to take her back to the house from her in-law’s house. However, Minakhi’s in-laws made a phone call to her family members at around 1 PM informing them about her death. They claimed that Minakhi died after committing suicide.

On the other hand, Minakhi’s family members alleged that she has been killed over dowry. They claimed that her in-laws killed her and tried to give it a form of suicide. They also alleged that the CCTV cameras which were installed in the house of her in-laws have been damaged to destroy the proof.

Meanwhile, based on a complaint filed by Minakhi’s family members, the Industrial Police is said to have started an investigation into the matter with the help of a scientific team. They seized the body and sent it to the hospital for postmortem.

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