EOW to probe financial transactions of Parala king

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Bhubaneswar: Since the vast properties of erstwhile Odisha royal Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo, estimated to be worth around Rs 500 crore, are suspected to be the reason behind the mysterious death of the former manager of the palace Ananga Manjari Patra and her three siblings, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch will investigate all financial transactions of the Parala king.

This was informed by Special DG (Crime) BK Sharma after the six-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) began the probe into the case today.

SIT sources said the team has seized as many as twenty cold drink bottles from the room where the bodies of Ananga Manjari and two of her siblings were found on Saturday. Besides, an ink pen found under the cot has also been seized.

“The seized articles have been sent to State Forensic Laboratory for examination,” an SIT member said. Circumstantial evidence indicates that the deceased had consumed the soft drink spiked with poison to end their lives,” he stated.

Meanwhile, officials investigating the high-profile case said, a police team will visit Chennai to quiz the king’s younger brother Sarbajgan Jagannath Deo and his spinster daughter Kalyani over property deals, if required. Jagannath has been fighting a court case against his brother over the royal family’s property since long, sources added.

The body of Santosh Patra alias Tulu, the younger brother of Ananga Manajri who was rescued in a critical condition on Sunday but died while being treated at the MKCG Medical College hospital yesterday, was handed over to his family members after post mortem today.

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