A youth arrested on the charge of betraying a young woman was run over by a container truck while trying to escape from police custody in Rayagada town on Monday.
Santosh Kumar Pandu had been arrested from Bisama Cuttack of Rayagada district and was to be forwarded to court. At the Rayagada police station, he told police personnel accompanying him that he was feeling nauseous and wanted to vomit. He came outside; and while running towards the main road, he was hit by the truck and killed.
Santosh had established sexual relationship with the young woman from Tikiri in the district on the pretext of marrying her. But he later tried to evade the marriage proposal. On July 9, the woman met Santosh in Rayagada town. Santosh took her to a temple, where he attacked her with a lathi and then left her in an unconscious in the custody of one of her relatives.