Pradeep Pattanayak

Bargarh Police on Friday claimed to have solved the mystery behind the murder of an auto-rickshaw driver at Sarasara village under Sadar Police limits on May 20. 

The police have arrested Manoj Nag, an accused involved in the case. However, the main accused Ashok Mahananda is still on the run. 

As per the police, auto-rickshaw driver Biswanath Mirdha was bringing some voters in his vehicle to a booth on May 20, the day when voting was underway in Bargarh. As he reached the end of the village, he had an altercation with Manoj Nag and Ashok Mahananda over parking. Manoj and Ashok lost their cool, attacked Mirdha with a knife and fled from the spot. 

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The incident occurred just a few meters away from the polling booth. Mirdha was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he died due to excess bleeding. 

Then the murder was linked to political violence which was denied by the State Election Commissioner.     

Five days after the incident, the police arrested Manoj Nag who spilled the beans during interrogation. 

Briefing journalists at a press conference, Bargarh SP, PS Meena said, “The murder occurred due to sudden provocation. While Manoj Nag and Ashok Mahanada committed the crime, the former has been arrested.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has written letters to the Police DG and Excise Commissioner seeking the transfer of Bargarh Sadar Police Station IIC and excise station officer within 24 hours.

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