Bhadrak: An elderly woman was crushed to death with a grinding stone by a youth at Talasitha village under Dhamnagar police limits in Bhadrak late last night.
Accused Babua Mohanty of the same village is absconding after committing the ghastly crime. The victim has been identified as Bhaktilata Deuria (55).
Sources said the accused and husband of the deceased Rabi Deuria had gone outside form the home together. Accused Babua alone returned in the late night and called Bhaktilata from the mobile phone of her husband Rabi. When she opened the door, Babua barged into the house and attacked her with a grinding stone leaving her dead on the spot.
Daughter of Bhaktilata, Lija, tried to rescue her mother but failed. The accused also tied the hands and legs of Lija and threw her mobile phone before fleeing the spot. The neighbours rescued her after hearing her screaming.
On the other hand, Rabi, the husband of the deceased, is still missing. Dhamnagar police reached the spot with scientific team and started investigation.