Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Jharsuguda JMFC court on Monday ordered the psychiatric evaluation of Naba Das’ murder accused, Gopal Das at Choudwar Circle Jail.

As per a Crime Branch press release, Gopal Das had a prolonged history of mental illness. Due to the mental ailment of the accused, a special medical board was constituted consisting of four psychiatric experts. The board examined him and carried out the analysis at Jharsuguda. The board later opined that there is a need to have detailed examination of the accused to come to a definite conclusion about his mental health, the statement read.

Accordingly the Crime Branch moved the court for psychiatric examination of Das at NIMHANS, Bengaluru. However, the court ordered that instead of NIMHANS, the mental health evaluation of Gopal Das should be carried out at Circle Jail, Choudwar, where he is lodged currently.

The Crime Branch said that the order of the court is being examined and it will take further legal recourse on the same.

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

The Crime Branch claims, 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 reportedly confessed about his mental state while committing the crime.

(Reported By Alok Mohanty, OTV)