Police Detain TV Actor Nikita’s Husband As Family Cries ‘Murder’

Cuttack: The death of Odia TV actor Laxmipriya Behera, popularly known as Nikita, has turned murkier with her father filing a written complaint at Chauliaganj Police Station here on Sunday, alleging that she was murdered by her mother-in-law and husband.

On the basis of the complaint, police have detained her husband, Lipan Sahu, for interrogation.

In his complaint, Sanatan Behera alleged that his daughter’s marriage was going through a troubled phase for the past few months.

Nikita had been staying at her parental place since the birth of her son. He alleged that she had physically and mentally tortured by her in-laws and it had compelled her to leave their house. On the fateful day, Lipan had visited her and they had an argument. “They then went to the terrace and I fear he pushed my daughter from there leading to her death,” the actor’s father alleged.

Nikita had tied the knot with Lipan of Gopalpur in 2016.

On Friday afternoon, the actor sustained fatal head injuries after falling off the terrace of her parental house at Mahanadi Vihar on Friday night. She was admitted to a private hospital and then shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital here. When her condition deteriorated, her family members shifted her to a private hospital where she succumbed to injuries the following morning.

Earlier, Markatnagar police had registered a case of unnatural death in this connection and awaited the postmortem report for further investigation into the incident.

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