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Sharmili Mallick

Berhampur: Prime accused in the spine-chilling murder case of a HDFC bank agent was arrested by a special team of Berhampur police, informed Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra in a presser today.

“The murder was fallout of a triangular love affair between the deceased Bishnu Prasad Gouda, prime accused Hrushikesh Tripathy, the owner of Gayatri Clinic and a nurse, who worked at the clinic,” said Mishra.

Mishra informed that after raiding several places, Tripathy was arrested from Bhubaneswar on September 16.

Police also arrested Tripathy’s associate, Bidhan Sethi, who helped him to dispose of the body of Gouda. Earlier, police had arrested Ganga Behera who allegedly helped Tripathy and Sethi in burying the body of Gouda.

As a part of the investigation, Police took Tripathy to the clinic at New Bus Stand and Badagumula, the spot where the severed body of Gouda was found on September 12.

“On August 20, an FIR regarding disappearance of Gouda was lodged at Baidyanathpur Police Station by his wife Narmada. Based on the complaint, police was investigating the incident,” informed Mishra.

After Narmada received an anonymous call over phone in which the caller tipped her about the involvement of two persons behind Gouda's disappearance, she informed the police about it. Subsequently, a special team of Berhampur police led by Additional SP Prabhat Routray launched an investigation.

“Based on the information elicited during the interrogations, we recovered the body of Gouda from Badagumula near Ambapua in Ganjam district and subsequently found out that Tripathy is the main accused,” added Mishra.

“Tripathy initially administered a poisonous injection to Gouda following which he died. Later, he cut Gouda’s body into three pieces and buried at a secluded place at Badagumula near Ambapua in Ganjam district with the help of his two associates Behera and Sethi,” police sources informed.

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