Odishatv Bureau

The Crime Branch of Odisha police, probing the sensational death case of Chittaranjan Palai, on Monday began lie-detection test of three accused to unravel the mystery surrounding the case.

The three accused-Jagannath Sarangi alias Jaga, his associate and a woman- were brought to the State Forensic Science Laboratory in Rasulgarh of Bhubaneswar where their lie-detection test began.   

Jaga, who is a friend of the accused, and the two others came under suspicion during the investigation by the Crime Branch. In a complaint to Puri SP, Chittaranjan’s uncle had alleged that he had gone to have a feast with Jaga on December 11 and did not return home thereafter. Earlier, Jaga had undergone lie detection test in Puri. 

On the other hand, the woman, who has been brought for the lie detection test, hails from Chakrapara, a place close to the spot where Jaga reportedly met with an accident on the fateful night. She was also earlier questioned by the Crime Branch. 

Meanwhile, the post-mortem report of the deceased was submitted to Puri Sadar police today. However, the finding of the report did not establish the exact reason behind the death. 

While the post-mortem report said the death of Chittaranjan was caused by drowning, the report was sent to the State Forensic Science Laboratory for further confirmation. 

The body of Chittaranjan, a native of Sanabandhakera village in Brahmagiri tehsil of Puri district, was found under mysterious circumstances in Nuanai in Puri district on December 13. Palai was a key aide of BJD leader and deputy chairman of State Planning Board, Sanjay Das Burma. 

On the basis of the complaint of the family members of the deceased, Sadar police had registered a murder case.  On December 15, the Director General of Police (DGP) handed over the investigation to the State Crime Branch.