Birachan Mallik of Surukuli village under Baliguda police station in Kandhamal district was arrested on charges of murdering his lover Rasmita Shandha. Police had recovered decomposed body of Rasmita from the forest near the village.

She was found to be three months pregnant and autopsy proved that poisoning was the cause behind her death.

As per the complaint filed by her mother she was last seen with Birachan, who had taken her with him with the promise of marriage.