Odisha Jatra Artist Rani Panda Apologises for Biker’s Death

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Jatra artist Rani Panda apologized for the death of the biker, who was killed in an accident with her car. The artist took to social media to apologize for the accident, which took place on the Mundali-Athgarh road in Odisha’s Cuttack.

The actress was seen crying while regretting the loss of the biker’s life. “It was not intentional. I sustained injuries under the chin and pain in my head and chest persists. I had to go live on Instagram since a lot of misinformation is being spread about me. It is being said that I was clicking pictures at the accident spot. I was making a call and was shivering under the impact of the accident. I was in a hospital for two days,” she said in the video.

Rani further said that her driver was not in an inebriated state. “People damaged my car and abused me. With much difficulty, I could leave the spot. I am pained by the accident, which is going to haunt me all my life,” she said.

The actor further said that she tried to help the bereaved family by giving Rs 50,000 for his last rites. “I will do whatever I can for the family,” she said, urging the people of Odisha not to believe in reports which according to her are meant to malign her image.

The accident took place at Dalkhai square on Mundali-Athgarh road. The deceased Sukanta Behera met the accident while he was on his way to pick up his dinner from a neighbouring hotel.

He was brought to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in critical condition. He succumbed to injuries on November 26.

Rani Panda’s driver Sumant Mallik was arrested. He stated, “I was traveling at 50-60 km/hr when the bike rider crashed head-on with our vehicle at high speed.”


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