Cuttack: Three persons, including Paralakhemundi MLA K Surya Rao appeared before the Crime Branch today in connection with the suicide of Parala Palace manager Ananga Manjari Patra and her three siblings.
As per the directive, the MLA along with former BJD Gajapati district president Basant Das and Manoranjan Badaghar turned up at the Crime Branch headquarters here this morning for interrogation.
Sources said total nine persons, including MLA Rao would be interrogated by the investigating agency as their names were mentioned in the complaint lodged by the family members of Ananga Manjari and the suicide notes. On Monday, Paralakhemundi Municipality Bibhuti Nayak and Congress leader Sudhi Ranjan Mohapatra were quizzed by CB officials.
Notably, of the four family members, two had consumed poison, one had hung himself and another had taken excess drugs inside their house on August 21. While Ananga and her elder sister Bijaylaxmi had apparently consumed poison, the body of their brother Sanjay, who had resigned as the Maharaja’s PA recently, was found hanging. Another brother Santosh Patra alias Tulu, who was rescued by the police in a critical condition and admitted to the MKCG Hospital in Berhampur died later on August 22. As per the viscera report, the death of Santosh was due to drug overdose.