Kendrapara: A debt-burdened man faked his own death in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. The said fake death claim in the crocodile attack was busted by police and he was tracked down and arrested within 24 hours.
The man who made this attempt to con police and money lenders was identified as Bikrant Mallick (47) of Andara village under Pattamundai police station limits.
He left behind his belongings on the banks of the Brahmani river on Saturday and escaped to make locals believe that he was dragged away by a crocodile.
According to police sources, his plan was to escape from repaying loans he had taken from several individuals as well as to have his family get the 6 lakh compensation from the forest department for death in a crocodile attack.
But through CCTV footage analysis, and mobile tracking, investigating police officials could track down Mallick in Cuttack on Sunday.
Preliminary investigation has proved that Mallick forged his own death in a crocodile attack by leaving behind his bike and clothes at the riverbank to enable his family to claim a compensation of Rs 6 lakh from the forest department as well as escape from the worry of debt repayment.