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26-Year-old woman cricketer of Odisha found dead in forest near Cuttack

Female cricketer Rajshree Swani was missing since January 11, her body was found hanging from a tree in a forest near Cuttack.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s women cricketer Rajshree Swaini, 26-year-old was missing since January 11 and her body was found on Friday in a dense forest near Cuttack. The police informed about this. Cuttack’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Pinak Mishra said that his body was found hanging from a tree in Gurdijatiya forest in Athagarh area.

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Rajshree’s coach lodged a missing complaint with Mangalabagh police station in Cuttack on Thursday. He said that a case of unnatural death would be registered at Gurdijatia police station.

The police have not yet ascertained the cause of his death. His family, however, alleged that he was murdered “as there were injury marks on his body and his eyes were also damaged”.

Rajshree’s scooter was found near the forest and her mobile phone was also switched off. Police said that the matter will be investigated from all aspects.

Her family members said that around 25 women cricketers, including Rajshree, were part of a training camp organized by the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) at Bajrakabati area for the upcoming national-level cricket tournament to be held in Puducherry. All were staying in a hotel.

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The Odisha state women’s cricket team was announced on 10 January but Rajshree was not included in the final list. Police said the next day the players went to the cricket ground in Tangi area for practice but Rajshree told her coach that she was going to Puri to meet her father.

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