Pradeep Pattanayak

The Odisha government on Tuesday transferred Jharsuguda SP Rahul Jain and Brajarajnagar SDPO Gupteswar Bhoi. The transfers were ordered after three days of Health Minister Naba Das’ murder.  

According to the Home Department’s order, Jain has been transferred and attached to the State Police Headquarters, Cuttack. In his place, Bargarh SP Parmar Smit Parshottamdas has been appointed as the SP of Jharsuguda. 

Similarly, Brajarajnagar SDPO Bhoi was transferred to the State Police Headquarters by the DGP. Athamallik SDPO Chintamani Pradhan replaced Bhoi at Brajarajnagar. 

On the other hand, the Crime Branch on Tuesday took accused Gopalkrushna Das’ elder brother Satya Narayan Das from his residence at Jaleswarpur village under BN Pur police limits in Berhampur. 

The Crime Branch team had visited accused Gopalkrushna’s ancestral house at Jaleswarpur village on Tuesday morning. The team also interrogated the accused’s wife and other family members. 

Later, the CB team took accused Gopalkrushna’s elder brother Satya Narayan Das along with them. It is learnt that he was taken to Cuttack. 

Earlier in the day, Crime Branch ADG Arun Bothra along with a team visited the crime spot near Gandhi Chowk in Brajarajnagar. While the team is trying to crack the mystery behind the murder case, it interrogated the assassinated leader’s driver and PSO. 
Notably, the murdered leader’s family members on Monday alleged that they suspect the brutal murder is a part of a larger conspiracy. 

This conspiracy angle is gaining momentum particularly after it was revealed that a hotel run by accused ASI Gopal Das’ brother was found closed on the day of the incident. And the same has been shut since then. 
Presently, accused ASI Das is lodged at Jharsuguda sub-jail. 


(Reported by Alok Mohanty and Ashok Brahma, OTV)