Congress MLA Murder Case: 5 More Arrested, Lookout Circular Issued Against Prime Accused

Berhampur: Police today arrested five more persons in connection with the brutal murder of Congress’ Aska MLA candidate Manoj Jena. While four accused were nabbed from Laxmipur area in Koraput district, one was arrested from Balugaon railway station. Apart from this, the local police have issued a lookout circular against prime accused Bhagwan Sahu who is absconding.

Reportedly, three bikes, two mausers and two daggers used in the crime were also seized from their possession.

Last week, two dreaded criminals allegedly involved in the murder case were arrested after a police encounter in Berhampur. The accused- Ganesh Nayak and Hrushi Patra, injured in the encounter were later admitted to hospital.

On May 22 a day before the 2019 poll results, unidentified miscreants had opened fire at the Congress candidate from Aska Manoj Jena near Lanjipalli in Berhampur. He was then admitted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries on May 24.

The district police subsequently launched a manhunt to nab the culprits and during the course of investigation, police identified involvement of five wanted criminals and a few more persons in the murder.