Atma baba not involved in murder: Cops

Cuttack: Police on Wednesday made a U-turn on the Salipur Ashram case informing that Anand Atma baba aka Alok Bisoi is not involved in the murder of Ashok Patra, whose charred body was found on the Ashram premises.

Talking to media persons, Cuttack (rural) SP Gurudas Kundu said based on the complaint of the deceased’s family, Atma Baba was arrested. But, it is known during two-day remand that deceased Ashok Patra with four of his associates- Madan Sahu, Pabani Sahu, Rabi Patra, and Chandramani Sahu- had come to the Ashram and asked baba to give Rs 10,000. When baba denied they erupted clash with him. Later, Chandramani attacked baba with a dagger but baba managed to escape while the edge of the dagger fell down on Ashok Patra. He died on the spot.

The main accused Chandramani, Madan and Pabani have been arrested while Rabi is absconding. Action will be taken over the complaint acting on which police arrested Anand Atma baba even as he is not involved in the murder case.