Champua (Keonjhar): A man allegedly attempted to commit suicide after beating his minor stepdaughter to death with a wooden plank at Raghual Sahi near Naradpur village under Champua police limits in Keonjhar district late on Tuesday night.
The accused identified as Kailash of Raghual Sahi has been admitted to the Sub Divisional Hospital here in critical condition by the police after his rescue by his second wife.
According to reports, a few years back one Sarat Oram of Jagannathpur area had died and was survived by his wife Santilata, a son and a daughter.
Under such circumstances, Kailash whose wife had died and was a widower maintained relationship with Santilata and accepted her as his wife.
On Tuesday night while Santilata’s 15-year-old daughter from her first marriage was speaking to someone over a mobile phone, enraged over it, in a fit of rage Kailash mercilessly beat the girl with a wooden plank leading to her death.
Upon realising that the girl was dead, Kailash rushed inside the house and attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself.
However, Santilata rescued him by snapping the rope with a scythe.
Villagers informed the police who got Kailash admitted to the hospital here in critical condition.
Further investigation by the police into the incident is underway.