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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Stung by criticism from all quarters for their tardy and slipshod investigation into the much-talked about case relating to the death of Asutosh Mohanty alias Rishi, an engineering student, with the alleged involvement of BMC Mayor Anant Naryan Jena, the Commissionerate Police today said they are under no pressure in conducting investigation into the case.

“Police are under no pressure. In crime and criminal matters, we never feel pressurised and I can give my personal assurance on this. In this inquiry also we are under no pressure. I can assure you we are determined to find out the truth as the curiosity are there among the people. We are trying to dig into the matter and the facts which are in the video clipping,” Police Commissioner YB Khurania told media persons here.

He also said the investigation is on in the second case which has been registered in Capital Police Station to ascertain full facts.

“In these two cases, it will take some time for the police to bring out the details. I request the people to give us some more time for a successful investigation into this case,” he added.

Earlier in the day, proprietor of www.niakhunta.com Pradip Pandey, appeared before the Capital Police Station. Talking to media persons after returning from the police station, he said he had sought a copy of the FIR which was filed against him by the BMC Mayor.

“I requested the IIC of Capital Police station to give me a copy of the FIR so that I will know on what basis the complaint has been lodged against me. On my request the IIC gave me a copy of the FIR. The FIR has been registered under section 500 of the IPC which means defamation. What I want to say that a complaint case is registered under section 500 of the IPC. For the first time in my career in journalism, I have seen that instead of a CR (complaint register) case, a GR (genera register) case has been lodged under this section of the IPC which is very sensitive. I will thoroughly go through this FIR and give reply to each allegations made against me by the Mayor,” Pandey said.

He further said nowhere in the video clipping it was said that it was the Mayor. “Rather we had asked the viewers to judge by the face and voice of the man. Surprisingly, the Mayor suddenly came from nowhere telling that the man in the video clipping has no resemblance with him. From this, you can better know whether the Mayor is telling the truth or not,” he pointed out.

Talking about the genuineness of the video clipping, Pandey said the police will get the details only after it is examined in the forensic laboratory. “But I am confident that this video clipping is genuine and the death and murder of Rishi was due to this video. The death of Rishi was not unnatural. It was a murder,” he asserted.

Pandey also said the video which has been circulated in YouTube was recorded two years ago. “This video, which was with Rishi, has enough proof which you will know subsequently,” he told media persons.

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