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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Umerkote: Congress party on Sunday upped the ante over the brutal murder of a woman in UV-52 under Umerkote Municipality in Nabarangpur District on January 5, 2021, demanding inclusion of BJD MP Ramesh Majhi and BJP MLA Nityanand Gond under the purview of investigation.

As per reports, one Biplab Biswas from UV-52 village had allegedly killed his wife Sipra Sarkar over reported family dispute and was arrested by the Umerkote Police five days ago after his surrender.

Ajit Sarkar, father of Sipra said, "There were some disputes between the couple over family affairs. So I asked my son-in-law to leave my daughter with me for some time. Biplab agreed but while bringing her back, he suddenly called me and said that he had killed my daughter."

Hemanta Kumar Padhi, the SDPO of Umerkote said, "Biplab had strangulated Sipra with her saree and later threw her body near a pond. We apprehended him later after conducting raids at his hideout."

However, a purported telephonic conversation between Biplab and his mother that has gone viral on social media, has prompted the Congress to point fingers at Ramesh Majhi and Nityanand Gond whose names cropped up in the same audio clip.

Former Congress MP Pradeep Majhi turned heat on both the BJD and the BJP while releasing the viral audio tape that reportedly contained talks between Biplab and his mother planning to escape from the police scanner with the help of Ramesh Majhi and Nityanand Gond.

In the audio clip, Biplab could be heard telling his mother that in case of his arrest, MP Ramesh Majhi would get him out of the jail in 10/12 days. He further says that, MLA Nityananda Gond has assured him to get Biplab out in hours in case of any police action.

Briefing the media here, Pardeep Majhi said that this is a political murder and the concerned party leaders are responsible for it as they instigated the accused to kill the victim.

While no comments could be obtained from MLA Nityananda Gond in this connection, MP Ramesh Majhi however, refuted all the allegations.

"If the Congress has some evidence against me, then they should lodge a written complaint against me with the police. I am ready to cooperate with the police in any way possible," said Majhi.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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