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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Jajpur police probing the mysterious death of Rama Devi Women's University student Jharaphula Nayak, on Wednesday brought accused Rakesh Swain to Bhubaneswar for further investigation into the case.

The special team of Kuakhia police along with Jajpur sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) took the accused to a guesthouse in Dharma Vihar area of Bhubaneswar where he had stayed along with Jharaphula on the night of January 26.

According to sources, the police team recreated the crime scene in room No. 201 of the guesthouse to get a clear picture of sequence of events on the fateful day.

Though it is suspected that Jharaphula's death was a well-planned murder, the police have failed to find out any clue of the crime. The police nabbed Jharaphula's male friend, but could not establish the exact motive of the crime.

"The investigation is underway. We are following all the procedures as per law and will reveal details once the investigation is over," said SDPO, Jajpur.

The police team are also expected to take the accused to a restaurant in Lingaraj police station limits where he had taken food with Jharaphula before proceeding to the guesthouse.

This is the second day of the three-day remand of the accused. Yesterday, the police had recreated the crime scene to ascertain how the body of Jharaphula was dumped on the roadside near Mulapala in Jajpur district.

The police had also questioned three employees of the guesthouse to get an insight into the death mystery of the college girl. The deceased's father was also summoned by the police yesterday.

"The absconding accused who accompanied Rakesh Swain, the scooter in which my daughter's body was dumped and her mobile must be recovered immediately. Unless those items are brought under the purview of the investigation, truth will not come out," said the deceased's father Ramakanta Nayak.

Meanwhile, Tajat Nayak, a neighbour of Jharaphula demanded stringent punishment for the culprit. "The murderer should be given death penalty immediately," she said.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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