Rayagada: A youth has been arrested for attacking and injuring a 23-year-old girl with a knife at Kanipai village under Kalyansinghpur police limits in Rayagada.

The accused identified as Kuruma Praska had stabbed the girl as she reportedly rejected his love proposal on Thursday. Suspecting her to be dead, the youth later attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison.

Based on the complaint of girl’s family members, Kuruma has been arrested, informed the police on Saturday.

“The girl and the youth were earlier in a relationship and recently the girl had stopped talking with the youth. Frustrated over the girl’s act, the youth attacked her with a knife and later consumed poison,” said Inspector-in-charge of Kalyansinghpur police station, Kapilendra Behera.

The girl, who has sustained grievous injuries in the attack, has been shifted to Berhampur Hospital.