17 October 2019
Jajpur: Death of an on-duty Panchayat officer under mysterious conditions created shockwaves in Haridaspur in Dharmasala block in Jajpur district.
The deceased has been identified as Smitarani Biswal. She was a Village Level Worker (VLW) for Haridaspur panchayat. As per reports, on Wednesday after distributing aids in the village, she came to have lunch with Sarpanch Madhusmita Bhadra and her husband Rupesh Bhadra at latter’s office. There were reportedly several other people who were also part of the feast.
Before lunch, Smitarani excused herself on the pretext of using the restroom facilities. But later she was found hanging from the ceiling fan of a room in the first floor of the same building.
After receiving information, Police arrived and took Smitarani to Dharmasala hospital where the doctors declared her ‘brought dead’. A further probe has been initiated.