Ramakanta Biswas

The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court of Salepur has given four days more time to police to file the reinvestigation status report and call detail record (CDR) of three accused in the Mahanga double murder case.  

While the court had earlier set November 25 deadline for Mahanga police to furnish these reports, now it has extended the deadline till November 29.

During the hearing of the case yesterday, Mahanga police sought more time to file these reports. Admitting the pleas, the court directed Mahanga police to submit the reinvestigation report and CDR by November 29.

In the earlier hearing on November 20, the court had sought the call detail records (CDRs) of deceased Prafulla Biswal, the prime accused in the case and two associates of Minister Pratap Jena- Sarat Nayak and Bapi Biswal.

According to sources, a petition was filed by Ramakanta Baral, son of deceased BJP leader Kulamani Baral. Baral, who was the block chairman of Mahanga and his associate Dibyasingha Baral were brutally killed on January 2 this year.   

As Law and Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena was the 13th accused in the Mahanga double murder case and his name was deleted from the charge sheet, Ramakanta Baral had filed a protest petition in the Salepur court.

Acting on the petition, on August 25, 2021 the Salepur Judicial Magistrate had ordered the police to reinvestigate the case and submit a report. However, the police have not submitted any probe report so far, Prabin Kanungo, counsel of Ramakanta Baral said.