Crime and Accident

Woman attempts suicide before Naveen’s residence

Woman attempts suicide before Naveen’s residence

Bhubaneswar: The police today rescued a woman who claimed to be a ruling BJD MLA’s wife and attempted to commit suicide in front of the residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

The woman claiming to be wife of BJD’s Talcher MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan slashed her wrist using a blade after failing to meet the chief minister, who was at the state secretariat when the incident took place.

The woman who was sent to hospital alleged that she has been denied justice after being harassed by the MLA.

Seeking redressal of her grievance, the woman said she came to meet the chief minister at his residence Naveen Niwas.

The woman claimed that the Talcher legislator married her three years ago.

On May 17, she had entered the MLA’s quarters at Unit-IV in MLA Colony here by scaling the locked gate, officials said.

Prior to this, she had also staged a dharna in front of the legislator’s house at his native village of Handidhua in Angul district on May 9.

The woman alleged that she had terminated her pregnancy twice on the insistence of the MLA. She had lodged a complaint against Pradhan at the Mahila police station and had drawn attention of the National Commission for Women (NCW).

Pradhan, on the other hand, has been rejecting her allegation.

The woman has been detained by police.

—PTI