Keonjhar: On the first day of Raja, a festival that celebrates girl child and womanhood, three minor daughters were allegedly beaten to death by their father, who later committed suicide in Ulibasa village under Anandapur police limits on Friday.
The deceased have been identified as Durga Sidhu and his three daughters Gurubarai (9), Mukta (8) and Mamina (3).
“Durga Sidhu thrashed his daughters to death with a bamboo and later hanged himself in the afternoon,” said Gagan Biswal, IIC of Anandapur PS. After returning from the village market, Durga’s mother found the door locked with all four bodies lying in a pool of blood.
On intimation, cops reached the spot and began probe into the incident. Sidhu’s mother also informed the cops that his wife had died four years ago, following which he was under stress and was not able to meet all expenses.
“The exact reason behind the extreme step is yet to be ascertained,” added the police officials.