A tribal man was beaten to death while trying to rescue his minor daughter from alleged abductors at Sanacheragaon village in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, police said.
Apprehending abduction of his 14-year-old daughter, Dayanidhi Majhi (50) along with his nephew Tekar Majhi was searching for the girl who had been missing since May 22.
After tracing the girl on Monday, the man confronted the kidnappers and tried to rescue his daughter but he was allegedly assaulted by the abductors, police said.
The man was critically injured in the attack and was admitted to Bhawanipatna government hospital and later shifted to another hospital at Bisam Cuttack in Rayagada district where he succumbed to injuries on Tuesday, they said.
Inspector in-Charge of Kegaon police station, Dilip Kumar Jena said FIR had been lodged about alleged kidnapping of the minor girl and assault on her father whose death was reported in the hospital later.
Investigation is in progress and efforts are on to trace the accused persons and rescue the kidnapped girl, the IIC said.