Paradip: The police here on Thursday said that Orissa Stevedores Limited (OSL) is involved in the killing of Seaways Shipping General Manager Mahendra Swain.
"From preliminary investigation it is observed that OSL hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Swain. Stevedoring rivalry at the Paradip port is suspected to be the main reason behind the murder of Swain," said Central range Inspector General (IG) Soumendra Priyadarshi.
Swain was killed by unidentified assailants on October 26 here.
The official added, “Five persons including prime accused Rakesh Choubey of Jamshedpur have been arrested. While Riasat Hussein of Jamshedpur hurled bombs and fired at Swain, Mohammed Samim of Jharkhand helped Hussein to execute the plans.”
Besides, Shiva and Manoj Gochhayat of Cuttack were also involved in the murder case, Priyadarshi said.
“After the arrest of Rakesh Choubey many things came to the fore. As 40% of the investigation has been undertaken yet, we will take Choubey on remand again to elicit more information. Efforts are on to nab other accused who are still at large. While some of them conspired to murder the Seaways General Manager, some executed the plan. Other accused facilitated the logistics to undertake the crime,” Priyadarshi elaborated.
The Central range IG declined to disclose much about the crime plot due to the sensitiveness of the case.
Police have also seized three revolvers, 50 rounds of bullets, 11 mobile phones, three motor-cycles, a car bearing Jharkhand registration number, an autorickshaw, 11 bottle bombs and some cash he said adding a letter written by the deceased was also seized and examined.
Stating that the murder was planned after monopoly of the stevedoring firm was challenged by another group, the IG said Jamshedpur, Kolkata and Cuttack were the places of entire conspiracy.