PATNA: A woman was allegedly beaten to death for cleaning a mattress infested with bedbugs in front of her neighbour’s house at village Kenasarai under Mufassil police station area in Nawada on Saturday night.
The woman, identified as Girija Devi, 35, was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries after undergoing treatment there for several hours. The prime accused in the case, Chandrika Choudhary (40), was arrested on Sunday.
Though police claimed the incident took place for extracting bedbugs from her mattress in front of Chandrika’s house, media reports quoted Girija’s husband Arjun Choudhary said she was beaten for protesting liquor consumption by the accused.
Nawada Sadar SDPO Upendra Prasad said the preliminary inquiry revealed that the bedbug issue led to her thrashing and subsequent death.
The SPDO said he has come to know that Girija’s husband has recorded his statement to police on Sunday evening on the basis of which an FIR would be registered.
However, the SDPO said he was not aware about the allegations made by Arjun against Chandrika and other accused.
Mufassil police station SHO Lal Bihari Paswan said Chandrika’s two sons and his wife are evading arrest in connection with the killing. He said the incident took place at around 4.30pm and the woman died at around 8pm.
“On getting information, police reached the spot but the woman had already been rushed to the hospital. Probably, she might have received serious internal injuries,” he said.
He said the body has been sent for conducting a postmortem.