Mrunal Manmay Dash

New details in the sensational case of murdering wife and daughter using a venomous cobra revealed that the ploy was hatched three months back.

Police sources revealed that the accused, K Ganesh had planned the murder three months in advance. A full-proof plan was also prepared for this. Ganesh had purchased a new SIM to buy snakes eight days before the murder. He had also contacted six snake charmers through the same SIM.

Finally, after the deal with Basant Acharya to supply snakes, the accused broke the sim and threw it away so that the evidence is destroyed. However, after the police came to know about the SIM card, they retrieved the Call Data Record (CDR) which led the police to four snake charmers and finally to Basant Acharya who was arrested on Friday.

Acharya’s statement was recorded at the JMFC court in Kabisuryanagar following arrest.

Sources said, Ganesh contacted six snake charmers to obtain a cobra while only Acharya agreed to give him a venomous cobra in return for a handsome amount of money. The statements of three other snake charmers were also recorded.

On the other hand, the Odisha Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Sushant Nanda on Friday ordered an inquiry into the murder by snakebite case where Ganesh allegedly used a cobra to kill his wife and two-year-old daughter.

The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) was also directed to submit a report on how a cobra ended up with the accused and whether the reptile was killed thereafter.

“The snake charmer will be prosecuted under the Wildlife Protection Act for keeping a protected wild animal. He will also be charged with abetting the crime by supplying cobra to the prime accused. He will be put in jail along with the prime accused as long as the case runs,” lawyer Manas Chand said.