Makhunu Bag murder: One more accused arrested

Bargarh/Sonepur: Ulunda police on Friday arrested Home Guard Prakash Dehuri, another accused of Makhunu Bag murder case from Bargarh taking the toll to four.

Official sources said another accused of the murder, Bheden police station constable Pramod Sahu was held yesterday for his alleged complicity in the case.

On Wednesday, two policemen of the same police station– sub-inspector (SI) Soumya Patra and assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Pitambar Behera were arrested for their alleged connection in the death of Bag.

Considering gravity of the case, Bargarh superintendent of police (SP) Ashish Kumar Singh on Wednesday placed four policemen of the police station under suspension for their suspected involvement in the case.

They are SI Soumya Patra, Pitambar Behera, officer-in-charge (OIC) Sushil Nayak and Constable Geeta Bhoi.

It may be mentioned that the IIC of Bheden police station had called up Makhunu Bag (54) of Dekulaba village on July 17 this year for interrogation in connection with a case Raju, his second son, who is absconding since then. But as Makhunu Bag did not return to his house for several days, his family members had a frantic search but in vain.

After two months, the Ulunda police in Sonepur district seized a human skeleton from inside Metakani forest on September 24 while on the same day Makhunu’s son Biju lodged a complaint with the Ulunda police alleging that the Bheden police, after killing his father, had thrown his body inside the forest.

Acting on the complaint, Ulunda police began investigation and sent the skeleton for a DNA test to the state forensic lab which, in its report, confirmed that the skeleton belonged to Makhunu.