Mrunal Manmay Dash

Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in the sensational murder of Mamita Meher, was forwarded to a court on Wednesday after he confessed to have murdered the lady teacher before the police.

Police sources said Sahu was produced before the Bangomunda Sub-Divisional Judicial magistrate.

The police are likely to seek Sahu’s custodial remand to conduct his interrogation in order to ferret out more information about the crime he claims to have committed.

Sahu was nabbed from a sugarcane field on Tuesday hours after he allegedly staged a dramatic escape from the police barracks at Titlagarh where he was taken for questioning in connection with the disappearance of the lady teacher on Sunday.

During questioning following his capture, Sahu, who is the president of the managing committee of Sunshine School,  allegedly told the police that he killed Mamita inside his car bearing registration number- OD 08K 1002 on October 8 following a violent altercation with her. Two days prior to the incident, a pot had been dug at the site of the under-construction stadium where the charred remains of a body had been found . The car used in the crime was seized by the police on October 14 and kept at the Sindhikela Police Station in Bolangir. Police have recovered an anklet and a jar containing petrol from the vehicle.

Earlier on Tuesday, police and a forensic expert team with the help of earthmovers took more than two hours and dig a 10 feet deep pit to exhume a charred body from the stadium in the presence of a Magistrate. Some belongings recovered along with the body were identified to be of Mamita Mamita by her parents

As per Mamita's father's statements, she went out to Mahaling from her village Jharni near Tureikela in Bolangir on October 8 after receiving a phone call. She boarded the lone bus, ‘Bajrangbali’, which commutes through the area and was received by Gobinda Sahu in a car near Sindhikela Chandatara. Both reportedly roamed around the area in the car and also went for shopping. The police have obtained the CCTV footage depicting the said sequences.

However, she went missing thereafter. Her parents made all efforts to contact her but failed. Her family also tried to lodge a missing complaint at Kegaon police station in Kalahandi but the police reportedly refused to take the complaint. Later, Sahu assured them that she would be traced with help from local MLA and Minister Dibyashankar Mishra, Mamita’s father alleged.