Kendrapara: Jamboo Marine police Thursday solved the mysterious murder of a woman two years back with the arrest of two siblings, Kendrapara superintendent of police (SP) Sandeep Sampat Madkar said. Police also seized a knife, a bike, used for the crime, and also a gold Hanuman locket from the possession of the accused. Police identified the accused as Pabitra Khuntia, 28, and his elder brother, Basant Khuntia, 36, of Khamagaonbindha under the Marshaghai police station. The SP said Pabitra in association with his brother Basant conspired and murdered his wife Mina alias Sonali Behera, 30, and attempted to kill their 4-year-old child as he suspected the character of his wife. He also suspected that he was not the biological father of his son. Pabitra took Mina and his son on his bike June 25, 2021, on the pretext of visiting Bhitarkanika National Park where he slit the throat of Mina and dashed the head of the child against a pole in the forest before fleeing the spot.
On getting information, Jamboo Marine police on the next day seized the body of Mina and sent it for autopsy, and rushed the critically injured child to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
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