Kushakila murder accused undergoes polygraph test

Angul/Bhubaneswar: The Jarpada police conducted the polygraph test of Jhasaketan Rout, prime accused in the brutal murder of four persons of Kushakila and Kukurpeta villages in Angul district, at the State Forensic Laboratory in the Odisha capital after taking him on a fresh two-day remand on Wednesday.

Talking to media persons after a six-hour test, Jhasaketan said he is not involved in the murder of four persons.

Talking to media persons earlier in the day, Additional SP, Angul, Swarnaprabha Pradhan said the Jarpada police had registered a case and arrested prime accused Jhasaketan after he admitted of killing Jogeswar Sahu and his brother Hiranakhya Sahu of Kushakila village. In course of interrogation, he had also admitted of killed a woman Abala Gadnayak and her nephew Kumuda Sahu of Kukurpeta village under Chhendipada police station limits nine months before killing the two brothers. The two skeletons of the woman and the nephew were found near the bodies of the two brothers inside the Saraswati Sishu Mandir school premises at Kushakila.

“To ascertain the veracity of his statement, police had taken Jhasaketan on a three-day remand on February 15. Basing on his fresh statements and to know whether there were other persons involved in the two double murders, police had applied for a fresh remand before the Angul SDJM to conduct his polygraph test to which the latter allowed,” she said.

Jhasaketan, who was arrested on February 10, had admitted that he had killed Jogeswar (35) and his brother Hiranakhya (34) on February 4 night and buried them in the backyard of Saraswati Sishu Mandir at Kushakila village.
The accused, during interrogation, had said revenge over monetary issues was the motive behind the murder of the two brothers.

Two days after his arrest, the prime accused told the police that he had murdered two more persons— Abala Gadnayak and her nephew Kumuda Sahu— of Kukurpeta village in a similar manner in 2015 and buried them a few meters away from the place where he had buried the bodies of Jogeswar and Hiranakhya.