A woman who ran a government fair price shop died on Tuesday after being stabbed and burnt by a group of men in Odisha’s Ganjam district, the police said.
In her dying statement to the police, she said she had been receiving threatening phone calls and letters, asking her to give up the dealership of the shop.
“We have arrested four persons suspected of involvement in the crime. Another suspect is at large. We are investigating the motive behind the crime,” Ganjam district superintendent of police AK Singh said.
The miscreants attacked Pranati Das (30) at Rambha town, about 150 km south of Bhubaneswar, on Monday evening when she was returning home from her sister’s house.
After brutally stabbing her repeatedly, they set her on fire by pouring kerosene oil on her.
Das was rescued by some people who rushed her to a local hospital with more than 95% burn injuries. As her condition deteriorated, she was shifted to a hospital in Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh where she succumbed to her injuries.