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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The death of RD Women’s University student Jharaphula Nayak is still shrouded in mystery, but a shocking revelation was made in connection with the case on Friday following recovery of another CCTV footage, this time from the capital city.

As per the latest information, the girl had stayed with accused Rakesh Swain at a guest house in Khandagiri area of Bhubaneswar on January 26, a day before her body was found dumped on the roadside in Jajpur district. It is said that Jharaphula and Rakesh were in a relationship.

In the CCTV footage retrieved from near the guest house, deceased Jharaphula Nayak can be seen on a scooter with Rakesh Swain while his associate Sekharjyoti who was driving the vehicle is yet to be traced. On the 27th of January, at around 7:21 AM the trio has been captured in the CCTV and is seen moving out of the guest house located at Dharma Vihar Lane-6.

Noteworthy to mention, the girl's body was recovered in Jajpur and the first footage of the deceased student which emerged two days back had captured two youths dumping the body of the girl on roadside near Mulapala in Jajpur district. What has come as a surprise for many is how could not one notice two youths carrying a dead person for over a hundred km, neither did the staff of guest house find anything suspicious as this episode was unfolding.

Police got vital clues after examining the CCTV footage. Accused Rakesh also surrendered before Airfield police yesterday. Later, his custody was handed over to Kuakhia police in Jajpur.

Meanwhile, Jajpur Police has urged the Court to allow them to take Rakesh on a 6-day police remand for Swain.

Jajpur SP Rahul PR today said that one accused has been arrested and he is being interrogated. “Our investigation is still underway and we can reveal more regarding the case in subsequent stages,” he said.

The family of the deceased has demanded a thorough probe into the incident and stringent action against those found involved.

The deceased girl Jharaphula, from the Marundeipasi village under Jashipur police limits in Mayurbhanj district, had come to Bhubaneswar on January 24 and also attended classes next day, sources said. With police expediting the investigation and interrogating suspects, more details are likely to emerge soon.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)

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