Jajpur, Apr 22: The Jajpur police finally unfolded the mystery over Jharafula’s death and claimed that the girl was murdered. Police today arrested the third accused in the murder case.
Jharaphula was killed by her male companion and the prime accused, Rakesh Swain, over repayment of debt on January 27 this year.
Addressing a presser Jajpur SP, Rahul PR said that Jharaphula had developed a strong friendship with Rakesh Swain following which he borrowed Rs 30000 which he did not return. She repeatedly insisted him to pay back the money but Rakesh failed to repay the loan.
On January 24, the deceased had gone to attend a birth party of her friend at Bhubaneswar. ” While returning she warned Rakesh to return her money else she will inform his parents about the same. Irate over the threat, Rakesh conspired to eliminate Jharaphula and took her to a hotel in Bhubaneswar on the pretext of returning the money. There he forcefully made Jharaphula consume alcohol after which he smothered her to death. Next morning, Rakesh and two of his friends dumped Jharaphula’s body on roadside at Kuakhia,” said the SP.
The prime accused, Rakesh Swain was arrested two days after the recovery of the body while the second accused, Amaresh Rout was nabbed on April 11 and the third accused, Shakti Shekhar was arrested today.
Jharaphula Nayak hailed from Marundeipasi village under Jashipur police limits in Mayurbhanj district and was a +3 second year student of Ramadevi University.