Rashmi Rekha Das

Subarnapur police on Monday unraveled the mystery behind the much-touted death of Punjab National Bank (PNB) official Dibyaranjan Mishra following the arrest of two fraudsters from Rajasthan. Police said the bank official died by suicide as he was under severe mental stress.

Sources in police revealed that Dibyaranjan was being blackmailed by a gang from Rajasthan over nude calls. Later, they had taken a sum of Rs 26 lakh from Dibyranjan on the pretext of being CBI officers. The deceased had done 40 transactions to pay the amount to the fraudsters. Despite having no fault, he paid the amount to the accused to get rid of embarrassment. Even after paying Rs 26 lakh, the gang kept on blackmailing Dibyaranjan which forced him to take the extreme step.

Superintendent of Police Amresh Panda said, “We had received a complaint in which a Bolangir based resident alleged that his son had committed suicide after falling prey to blackmailers. The blackmailers had looted a large amount of money from his son through online transactions. On basis of the complaint, we had also registered a case in this connection and started investigation.”

He went on to add, “We had recovered Dibyaranjan’s body with the help of ODRAF team from Anga River two days after the complaint was filed. Meanwhile, Rajasthan-based mastermind Mehboob and his aide Adil have been brought to Odisha. The accused had purchased a new car from the money looted from Dibyaranjan. Police have seized the car and a mobile phone from their possession. During interrogation, it was learnt that they had made nude calls to Dibyaranjan and blackmailed him to get the money.”

Notably, Dibyaranjan who was working as an agriculture officer with the Punjab National Bank’s Barpali branch, had gone missing before his body was found on August 13.

Reported by Manaranjan Joshi , Rabindra Hota