Dhanush artillery gun scam: Mystery prevails over Odisha man’s murder

Jabalpur/ Bhubaneswar: A day after the autopsy report revealed that Odisha man Sarada Charan Khatua, the junior works manager at Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in Jabalpur was brutally murdered; Madhya Pradesh government has constituted a 10-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct a detailed probe into the incident. However, several questions are now baffling the family members of the deceased, who was missing since January 17 before his body was recovered on Tuesday.

Sarada was recently summoned by the CBI in connection with irregularities in manufacturing of Dhanush artillery gun at Jabalpur gun carriage factory.

“Earlier, it was suspected to be a case of suicide but now it is confirmed that it was a murder. As per doctors, who conducted the post mortem, the death occurred some 10 to 15 days back,” said Jabalpur SP, Amit Singh.

The CBI had booked some unidentified officials of the Gun Carriage Factory and a Delhi-based company in July 2017 for selling fake Chinese spare parts to the ordnance factory, which falls under the Defence ministry, sources said.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom has descended upon the Sarada’s village in Jagatsinghpur district. The family members alleged that Sarada was killed by the senior officers as he was aware of their corruption. The family has demanded that the culprits should be exposed and stern action should be taken.

“Senior officials are involved as my husband knew something about the corruption. Suspecting that my husband would reveal the truth before the CBI, he was murdered,” said Sarada’s wife, Mausumi Khatua.

Sarada’s brother, Debasish Khatua said “We want those who are involved in my brother’s murder to be punished.”