Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: After keeping the investigation into the death of Asutosh Mohanty alias Rishi, an engineering student, under wraps for over six months, the commissionerate police have reopened the case with a fresh investigation.

While police had interrogated three friends of Rishi yesterday, another friend Subham Das was interrogated by the police.

Talking to media persons after the interrogation, Das said the police asked about the death of his friend.

“What I knew was Rishi was taking drugs with his other friend who is a student of ITER. Police also asked me about his girlfriend and I told them that Rishi had a girlfriend when he was reading Plus Two,” he said.

Asked whether someone had given him excess drug which led to his death, Das said no one had given him drugs. “In fact we used to tell him to give up taking these drugs. But he paid no heed to our advice.  I think he died due to overdose of drugs,” he noted.

To a question whether Rishi had any link in the sex video which has been circulated in the social media, Das said “I don’t think so.”

Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said police had called up Rishi’s friend to know about details regarding the day of his visit to their mess, what activities he had in their mess, along with him who else was there in the mess and whether he had taken drugs. “To expedite the probe, a special investigating team under the ACP has been formed,” he informed.

Meanwhile, prior to his death on May 6 this year, Rishi had posted a message in the facebook on July 21, 2015 in which he had said “I hate two people in my life. One is a woman and the other is a popular person. Whatever may be the fact, my problem is that I am yet to decide as to which of these two persons I should slap on the face first.”

Besides, some days before his death, Rishi had posted another message in the facebook saying “The countdown has begun for me to take revenge in 10 days”.

It is not yet clear as to who were this woman and the popular person on whom Rishi was to take revenge and what led him to post such message in the social media.