Bhubaneswar: Congress leader Bapi Sarkhel’s wife Minideepa Sarkhel today launched a scathing attack on BJD minister and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout by alleging that it was his political conspiracy to send his husband to jail.
Minideepa met Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan at Congress Bhavan here today and told him that Bapi Sarkhel has been false framed in this case with political motive.
Speaking to mediapersons after meeting the PCC Chief, she also said, “I have come to fight against the injustice done to my husband. He has been framed in false charges and sent to jail. It was a conspiracy of Minister Dama Rout.”
She further said, “Though Bapi Sarkhel has been sent to jail, I will fight on behalf of him in the upcoming Panchayat polls with the support of Paradip-Erasama Industrial Development Council and local people.”
In his reaction, Rout said, “If the Congress leader has done any offence, law would take its own course accordingly. I have nothing to relate with the matter and to comment on the same.”
Notably, police had arrested Sarkhel on November 18 in connection with the murder of a senior manager of Seaways Shipping company Mahendra Swain at Paradip and produced him before the Kujang JMFC (Judicial Magistrate First Class), where his bail plea was rejected. He was sent to Samagola Jail of Kujanga and later shifted to Ali Pingala sub-jail in Jagatsinghpur district on security ground.
Meanwhile, the prime accused in the sensational crime, Rakesh Chaubey, has been taken on three-day remand by the Paradip Police for interrogation.