Accused arrested 8 years after murdering woman in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: A daughter’s fight to get justice for her mother is finally yielding results. Almost eight years after the brutal murder of one Jayashree Mishra in Sambalpur, police have arrested the accused after restarting the probe.

The development came after Jayashree’s daughter, Bijayani Mishra, who has been pursuing the case, insisted that her mother was killed.

Bijayani also alleged that no headway was made in the case while the officials of Town Police only registered a station diary after her mother went missing way back in 2011.

However, the Police officials were forced to register a murder case basing on the petition filed by Bijayani with senior officials.

Carrying out fresh investigations, cops nabbed the prime accused Basant Panda on July 22, 2019 while the skull remains suspected to be that of the deceased were exhumed today.

The entire proceedings were done by the forensic experts in the presence of a magistrate.

“My mother had gone to distribute invitation cards for the marriage of my elder sister when she reportedly went missing in 2011. Despite repeated attempts, no action was taken by the police officials who kept on saying that my mother had eloped with someone,” said Bijayani.

Bijayani further informed that two years after she took up the case, she left for Delhi to pursue higher education.

“It was only in 2018 that we came to know that the accused Basant Panda was regularly visiting the village. I was shocked that cops had only registered a station diary in connection with the incident,” she added.

As per reports, Jayashree had gone missing on October 13, 2011. Though Jayashree’s family members had lodged a complaint with Town Police Station in connection with the incident, no step was allegedly taken by the cops.

Later, Jayashree’s daughter filed a petition with the Director General of Police which reportedly forced the cops to carry out a fresh investigation. Subsequently, the prime accused was nabbed on July 22, 2019 .