Rashmi Ranjan

Even though 23 days have passed since the murder of Minister Naba Das, the Crime Branch is yet to establish the motive and is clueless about the reasons behind the sensational daylight murder. 

While the entire State is eagerly waiting to know the motive behind the murder of the minister, neither the probing agency nor the Odisha DGP Sunil Bansal has uttered a single word in this regard.

DGP Bansal, who had earlier kept mum on the assassination of the minister, preferred to remain silent to the questions asked by media persons during a security inspection at the Odisha Legislative Assembly on Monday ahead of the commencement of the Budget Session.

The top cop briefed the media persons about the elaborate security arrangements being made but avoided the questions on the Naba Das’ murder.

The DGP maintained silence on the questions asked by media persons on the motive behind the murder of Naba Das and other related questions in the case.

Earlier, a senior Crime Branch official had told that the prime accused and dismissed Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Gopal Das revealed all details, including the reason behind killing the minister.

The accused Gopal Das, who underwent a Narco test in Gujarat, narrated everything about how and why he decided to kill Naba Das by firing at him in full public view on January 29.

During the Narco test, the accused also confessed to his mental state during committing the crime.

Notably, Naba Das died hours after he was allegedly shot by Gopal Das near Gandhi Chhak at Brajarajnagar in Jharsuguda district on January 29.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Narasingha Mishra made some explosive statements on the murder of Naba Das. He said Das' murder was not accidental. "It did not occur all of a sudden, but as a result of a big conspiracy. He died on the spot," claimed Mishra.

(Reported by Alok Mohanty, OTV)