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Dropping a bomb on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led Odisha government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that the murder of Naba Das is a result of BJD infighting.

The BJP even alleged that the Odisha government is trying to give accused Gopal Das a clean chit in the murder case, and will let Das go scot free in a few days.

“Infighting in the BJD has reached the pinnacle. If you join all the dots, the picture of the conspiracy will get clearer. The way every doctor and family member of Gopal Das started certifying him as a mentally unstable person within an hour of the firing, reeks of a ploy to give Gopal Das a clean chit in this case,” said BJP State General Secretary, Prithviraj Harichandan.

“And the motive behind the murder is still undisclosed. There is a deep rooted conspiracy in the murder of Naba Das. That is why we are demanding a CBI inquiry into the case,” Harichandan added.

Stoking more conspiracy theories, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said, “How can a man kill a Minister when there is so much of police force deployed around him? People of the State want to know how a police ASI gathered the courage to shoot such a powerful man.”

Mohapatra asked some more questions as well. Throwing the ball to the Crime Branch’s court, Mohapatra asked, “Has Gopal Das’ whereabouts 2-3 days prior to the killing been ascertained? Where was he, who did he meet, who did he call? Call records of both Gopal Das and Naba Das should be analyzed.”

Demanding a High Court SIT probe, Saluja said, “Gopal Das is only a pawn. The Crime Branch is totally unfit to probe a murder with a conspiracy of such magnitude. We stand by our previous demand of an SIT probe into the murder case.”

BJD refuted all the allegations and supported the Crime Branch probe. Addressing a presser, BJD Spokesperson, Lenin Mohanty said, “There is no reason to doubt a probe directly monitored by a retired High Court judge. Their anxiety about the probe indicates they are hiding something.”

(Reported By Niranjan Reddy, OTV)