OUAT student death: Accused driver nabbed

Bhubaneswar: Khandagiri police on Tuesday arrested driver Maheshwar Behera in connection with the death of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) student Suchismita Biswal, who died after being hit by a Tata Safari SUV, near Siripur-Fire Station road on Saturday night.

Maheswar is a resident of Badamba area.

The Commissionerate police on Monday night told the media that the ownership of the vehicle, which ran over the Suchismita, is still in the name of Sidharth Construction though it was sold out in 2009.

Though the construction company had sold out the vehicle to former Speaker of Odisha Assembly, Kishore Mohanty, in 2009, the ownership of the vehicle is still in its name, sources in police said.

On Monday, the police had served a notice to the construction company to furnish details of the concerned vehicle.

The Commissionerate Police had also raided the office of the Siddharth Construction and verified the documents of the vehicle which had run over the girl student.

The agitating OUAT students had staged a road blockade at Siripur Square on Monday morning. They alleged that police are not taking action against the driver as Siddharth Construction is owned by the kin of BJD MLA Debasish Samantray. Claiming that the case was a not accident, rather a pre-planned murder, they had demanded a fair probe.

However, the students later withdrew the blockade after the intervention of additional DCP, who assured them of action against the guilty.

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Notably, a third year MCA student of the varsity, Suchismita Biswal died after being hit by a Tata Safari SUV owned by Siddharth Construction on Siripur-Fire Station road on Saturday night. Another girl, Pragyna Tiwari, sustained injuries in the accident and is undergoing treatment.

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