Ramakanta Biswas

A few hours after nabbing lady blackmailer Archana Nag's husband Jagabandhu Chand, the police arrested him on Friday. 

Commissionerate of Police sources have confirmed it that Jagabandhu has been arrested. He was picked up from his Satya Vihar residence in Bhubaneswar this morning. His arrest came after the police had several clues proving his involvement in the high-profile honey trap racket. 

When asked, Archana’s advocate Debashis Mohapatra said they are yet to receive any communication regarding the arrest. “Recently he underwent an operation in his throat and is under treatment. He had been cooperating with police in the investigation. The police are carrying out their investigation and we can’t raise question on it,” added Mohapatra. 

It is learnt that Jaganadhu has been arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged at Khandagiri police station by a female victim on October 2. She mentioned in her complaint that it was Jagabandhu and his aide Khageswar Patra who trapped her. She also mentioned it that Archana, Jagabandhu and Khageswar earned crores of rupees by using her.

Senior advocate Manas Chand said the police didn’t have any way left but to arrest Jagabandhu. “But it is to be seen on what offences/sections they have arrested him.”

Notably, kingpin Archana was arrested on October 7 on charges of honey-trapping bigwigs and extorting money from them. With her bail being rejected by the Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court in Bhubaneswar on October 17, she is presently cooling her heels in Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar.

(Reported by Alok Mohanty and Chandan Paikray from Bhubaneswar)