Odisha: Kendrapada's man jailed for the murder of his wife tracks her after 7 years

KENDRAPADA: A man who spent a month in jail accused of killing his wife in 2013 finally managed to locate the woman and her lover with the help of the police on Sunday.

Abhaya Sutar married Itishree Moharana from the village of Samagola on February 7, 2013. She disappeared from her in-laws' house after two months of marriage. Abhaya, who was 27, did not find her and filed a complaint with Patkura police on April 20, 2013.

Itishree's father, Prahallad Moharana, filed a counter complaint on May 14, 2013, alleging that her husband had tortured his daughter for dowry and that Abhaya had thrown her body after killing her. This led to Abhaya's arrest.

Upon being released on bail a month later, Abhaya, who suspected Itishree had run away with someone, began his long search for her. Finally he followed her to Pipili, where she lived with her lover.

When contacted by Abhaya and other sources, the police went to Pipili and arrested Itishree and her lover.

“Both were produced in the court of the subdivisional judicial magistrate in Kendrapada on Monday. In her statement, Itishree said she had had a love affair with Rajiv before marriage, but her parents forced her to marry Abhaya, said Sujit Pradhan, IIC of Patkura police station.

After two months of marriage, she had fled with Rajiv to Gujarat, where they lived for seven years, Pradhan added. The couple, who has a son and a daughter, returned to Odisha recently. Rajiv works as a rickshaw car driver in Bhubaneswar.

“When the police couldn't locate my wife, I started looking for her. I visited several places where I thought she could have gone. When I got information that he was staying with his lover in Pipili, I called the police. I am happy to have been able to prove my innocence after seven years, ”said Abhaya.