Astarang murder: Retd DI’s relative arrested

Astarang: The Odisha Crime Branch police on Wednesday arrested Fakir Mallick on charges of assisting the prime accused Himadri Das and Ayesha in the brutal murder his brother-in-law and retired deputy inspector of schools Dinabandhu Mallick, his wife and two minor daughters at Dinadiyan village under Astarang block in Puri district on September 21.

Brother-in-law of Dinabandhu, Fakir is also the foster father of Himadri.

Meanwhile, the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Nimapada, on Wednesday allowed the Crime Branch to take Himadri alias Rahim Khan and his wife on six-day remand for further interrogation.

The court had earlier allowed the state investigating agency to take the couple on four-day remand.

The Crime Branch sleuths, while producing the couple in the court after their four-day remand ended today, appealed to take them on six-day remand to which the latter allowed.

Source said the CB has got vital information in connection with murder case during the first phase remand of the accused.