Vikash Sharma

Finally breaking his silence over the brutal assassination of Odisha health minister Naba Kishore Das, Director General of Police (DGP) Sunil Bansal on Friday shared some insights into the ongoing investigation of the high-profile case.

Briefing the media, the top cop said, “It is tough to unravel the mystery in two or four days in such cases. Even though some facts have emerged, it will take some time.”

According to Bansal, following the murder of the health minister, the Odisha government handed over the investigation to CID, Crime Branch. ADG CB, Arun Bothra, who was in CBI and one the best officers, is camping at the spot and personally investigating the case. The entire investigation is being monitored by a retired Orissa High Court judge.

The DGP further said that Odisha Police has contacted the Central Forensic Science Laboratory to assist in the ongoing probe.

“We have contacted Central Forensic Science Laboratory and I have personally discussed the matter with Home Ministry officials and they assured us to extend all possible help. A CSFL team will also be visiting Odisha,” said Bansal.

Recovery of Material Objects, Papers from Sewage Tank

On recovery of some material objects like paper from the sewage tank, the DGP said that it will be premature to say anything on the matter till a complete forensic examination of the papers is done.

Good Investigation Principle

The principle of any good investigation is to keep all options open, said the DGP. “We are not closing our minds. Whatever clue or evidence comes, we will take it to the logical conclusion,” he said.

Claims of Transparent Investigation

The DGP said the principal accused, Gopal Krushna Das, was an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) when he fired at health minister Naba Das. He added that in order to ensure transparency and rule out any kind of interference in probe, all other senior officials in the district have been transferred as a ‘precaution’.

Role and Lapses of PSO

Odisha DGP Sunil Bansal said that a detailed investigation is being conducted to review all aspects as the role of the PSO is to ensure the protection of the protectee. The PSO was present on the spot when the incident occurred. “We will review and investigate what was his mistake and other lapses and the prescribed punishment,” the DGP said.

(Reported by Alok Mohanty)