Odisha BJP leader fails to appear before police in murder case

first_imgCiting health reasons, Odisha BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra did not appear on Thursday at Chhatrapur police station in Ganjam district for interrogation in connection with the murder of youth BJD leader Laxmidutta Pradhan in 2017.Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Chhatrapur, Ramesh Sethi said Mr. Mohapatra sought one-month time for his appearance. “His lawyer informed us that his doctor had advised him one-month bed rest,” Mr. Sethi said.On January 29, two prominent BJP leaders of Odisha — Mr. Mohapatra and Bhrugu Buxipatra — were issued notices by the police to appear at the Chhatrapur police station in connection with the murder of the youth BJD leader. Mr. Buxipatra has been asked to appear at the police station on February 9.Laxmidutta, who also happened to be a councillor of Chhatrapur Notified Area Council, was murdered in broad daylight on September 16, 2017 by a group of armed assailants. So far, 19 persons have been arrested in connection with the murder.Two prime accused in the murder case — Krushna Chandra Nayak and Duryodhan Reddy — had been arrested from Uttarakhand. Mr. Mohapatra is suspected to have helped the two accused in fleeing to Uttarakhand and also arranged for their stay there, said police sources.Mr. Mohapatra had been earlier interrogated by the police at Chhtarpur police station on November 1, 2017. Mr. Buxipatra has been summoned by the police in connection with the case for the first time.last_img

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