The Soro police began an investigation into the death of a woman, Sujata Panda, who succumbed to severe burn injuries at the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack on Wednesday.
Sujata suffered burn injuries on Tuesday and was referred to the SCB Hospital in a critical condition.
The family of the deceased in their complaint alleged that their daughter was set on fire by her in-law over dowry demands and it was a pre-planned murder. Based on the complaint the police registered an FIR and began a probe.
Reports said Sujata, daughter of Vishnumohan Panda of Khirkona village under Simulia police station, got married to Taraj Panda of Madhusudanpur village in Soro block in 2012.
After a few days of the marriage, Taraj started torturing Sujata physically as well as mentally demanding Rs 3 lakh more from her parents, the complainants alleged.