Police find clue in ex-Buguda NAC chairman murder

Berhampur: A day after the murder of Balakrushna Patra, former chairman of Buguda NAC in Ganjam district, the local police on Wednesday claimed to have found some clues in course of their investigation.

Talking to OTV, DIG, Southern Range, Amitabh Thakur, who is presently monitoring the case, said the police have got some vital clues linked to this case. On the basis of these clues, we have formed three special teams of which one team has been sent outside the district.

“We are hopeful of cracking the case very soon as the clues, we have found, are directly linked to the murder”, Thakur said.

He said the police, during preliminary investigation, have found the involvement of two persons in the crime.

“Going by the statement of an eyewitness, these two persons, after stopping the vehicle of Patra, had an altercation with him. Later they opened fire at him. After Patra fell down from his bike, the duo again fired at him from point blank range. The post mortem report has stated that the deceased had bore 6-7 bullet injuries. On the basis of authentic information, there has been much progress in the investigation”, the DIG said.

Asked whether the incident could have been averted had the police got early information, Thakur said as per information, there was no such threat on Patra.

“Had the deceased got any early information about such threat, he would not have dared to move alone. Since he had no information, the police had no scope of such threat to Patra’s life”, he clarified.

It may be recalled that Patra was shot dead in the broad daylight on Tuesday while he was on the way to his house.

Following the incident, the irate locals of Buguda had staged a road blockade demanding immediate arrest of the assailants.

Besides, protesting the ghastly incident, all business establishments had remained closed.