Cuttack: The fleeing of dreaded gangster Sheikh Hyder from SCB Medical College and Hospital has triggered alarm among the family members of deceased mine owner Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra.

Cuttack: The fleeing of dreaded gangster Sheikh Hyder from SCB Medical College and Hospital has triggered alarm among the family members of deceased mine owner Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra. As the…

As the police have failed to trace the gangster so far, the family of the Keonjhar-based trader whose kidnap and subsequent murder led to life imprisonment of the gangster are living under apprehension.

On May 27, 2007, Mohapatra was kidnapped from Bhubaneswar along with his driver. A week later, their charred bodies were found by Jharkhand Police

Hyder had allegedly kidnapped the Mohapatra and demanded Rs 2 crore ransom for his release. Though the family members had paid Rs 1 crore for his release, Hyder and his associates brutally killed Mohapatra and his driver.

Eight years later in 2015, a court in Bhubaneswar convicted Hyder and two others under Section 264(A) of the Indian Penal Code and handed them imprisonment for life.

“After a lot of efforts by the police, Hyder and other involved in the kidnapping and murder were arrested. As we learnt about his escape, we fear threat to our lives. He is also a threat to others,” said Dilip Behera, a relative of deceased mine owner Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra.

“The lapses and negligence by the police is condemnable. We urge the government and police to provide us security and arrest the gangster at the earliest,” he added.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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