Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

International hockey player Birendra Lakra appeared before the Infocity police on Monday and was grilled for around 3 hours in connection to the sensational murder case of Anand Toppo.

As per earlier reports, 28 years old Anand was found dead in his apartment under Infocity police limits on February 28. His body was recovered in a hanging state only after 10 days of his marriage. Anand’s father accused Lakra and another person of killing his son and lodged a police complaint.

However, the father of the deceased knocked on the doors of Orissa High Court after the inaction of the police. 

A few days back, while hearing the petition filed by Anand’s father, HC slammed the Commissionerate Police and ordered to file the report within the next three months. 

Following that, police summoned Lakra to appear for questioning in connection to the case based on the FIR of Anand’s father. 

Moreover, the top court also ordered Bhubaneswar DCP to monitor the investigation of the case personally. Apart from that, the HC also barred the Inspector-in-Charge of Infocity Police Station from field posting and ordered to send him for training. 

“As Anand and Lakra shared the apartment, he was summoned for questioning in connection to the case, for further investigation. We are questioning to collect information regarding their whereabouts and activities throughout the day of the incident,” informed Prakash Chandra Pal, Additional DCP, Commissionerate Police.

Further, Pal added, “We will further interrogate all other persons who came in contact with him (Anand), including the persons who helped him in shifting, travelled with him from Jharsuguda.” 

Lakra was grilled by the police for around 3 hours in presence of ADCP, ACP, and IO. 

Responding to the media questions, Lakra said, “Whatever the police asked me, I answered. I will cooperate in the probe and depose before police whenever they will call me.”