Mineral rich District, Jharsuguda is one of the most industrially developed District of Odisha. Jharsuguda District was established on 1st January, 1994. Earlier it was a part of Sambalpur District. It was created by amalgamation of the erstwhile Jamindars of Rampur, Kolabira, Padampur and Kudabaga. Major portion of the land area covering hilly region has a radish stony soil. The economy of the Jharsuguda District can be judged through its natural resources. The District is rich in minerals like coals, quartzite and fire clay. Several industrial units like Vendanta Alumina, Bhusan Steel and Power, TATA Refractories are operating in the District that contributes to the economic growth of the District. There are also some major forest products like Kendu leaves, wood, rice and leather that also contribute significantly to the economy of Jharsuguda District.
The condolence meeting was held at the Sarabahal school ground to observe deceased Naba Das’ 12th day ritual. Huge number of supporters and political bigwigs including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attended the event.
Taking up the petition for hearing, the court today said it will be ‘too early’ to hand over the case to the central probing agency.
Amid the ongoing probe into the case, Gopal Das was on Wednesday seen laughing nonchalantly at Jharsuguda airport as if nothing has happened. He was seen bursting into laughter while he was waiting for being taken to Gujarat for his narco-analysis test.
A CB team along with the local police took Gopal to Gandhi Chhak in Brajarajnagar today where he had shot Health Minister Naba Das from a point-blank range on January 29.
Naba Das murder case accused, Gopal Das identified the paper as his own handwritten one. However, it will be further sent to the handwriting bureau for authentication.
The Crime Branch (CB) has taken the accused Das on a four-day remand. The question is what more information the CB wants to extricate from accused Das.
The Orissa High Court appointed justice JP Das after Odisha government’s request on January 30 to monitor the inquiry into the high profile murder case.
Subhendu Pattanayak, an eyewitness to the gruesome killing of the Minister, said, “Accused ASI Gopal Das was earlier posted at Belpahar police station. I have known him since then. On that day, he was at the spot in uniform. We had a formal chit-chat for around 15 minutes.”
Jharsuguda SP Rahul Jain has been transferred and attached to the State Police Headquarters, Cuttack. In his place, Bargarh SP Parmar Smit Parshottamdas has been appointed as the SP of Jharsuguda.
BJP MLA and leader of opposition (LoP) Jayanarayan Mishra alleged that Naba Das had died on the spot after being shot in the chest by an Assistant Sub-Inspector, and the State government enacted a drama of his treatment.
While replying to the reporters in Jharsuguda, Crime Branch ADG Arun Bothra Bothra said, “The crime branch is investigating the case. The accused has been arrested. We will seek his remand."
Naba Das' body was taken to Manmohan school field in Jharsuguda in a procession and finally to Kherual where he was consigned to flames with full State honours.
Three-day state mourning will be observed from January 29 to January 31 in honour of Das and there will be no official entertainment during this period throughout the state.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) senior leader and former MLA of Puri, Maheswar Mohanty was attacked in his home town, Puri on February 22, 2014.
The accused police officer has been identified as Gopalkrushna Das. Das started his career as a constable in Berhampur.