Two more cases filed against ex-Congress MLA

Berhampur: Arrested ex-Congress MLA Ramesh Jena is sinking deeper into trouble with two new cases being filed against the former, Sanakhemundi MLA. A murder case and an attempt to murder case have been filed against the ex-legislator. The cases have been filed in BNpur and Town police stations, respectively.

Southern Range IG Amitabh Thakur informed that Jena could be taken into remand further considering the number of cases which have been filed against him. Thakur also refuted the allegations that false charges are being framed against the former legislator that Police has been able to find vital evidence against him.

Meanwhile, Congress questioned the arrest of Jena and asked the DGP on what basis he referred him as a criminal despite having no such antecedents.

Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition, said, “Someone can understand the way police and administration are working from the instance when before getting convicted, a person is being called as a criminal by the DGP. Besides, the former MLA, who is being termed as a criminal, was acquitted in all the cases against him earlier.”

Reacting to the comment, DGP KB Singh stated, “I would request everyone not to mix politics with crime.”

On Friday, police investigations revealed the chit fund links of Jena. According to Berhampur SP Sarthak Sarangi, Jena has links to the scam-tainted Green India Chit fund company.

Moreover, a luxury vehicle belonging to Jena bearing a Haryana state registration number has also been seized, informed the Berhampur SP.

On Thursday, police had raided Jena’s house at Gambhariguda village under Patapur police station limits in Ganjam district and seized two revolvers and some incriminating documents.

According to police sources, Jena has 12 cases pending in his name at various police stations in Ganjam police district and 13 cases in Berhampur police district.

Police have established his involvement in murder, thrashing and maiming people, tender fixing, forcible possession and purchase of private land by threatening people, gutkha trade, country liquor trade and transport business.

A team of Berhampur Police on March 6 had arrested Jena along with his three associates from Bhubaneswar in connection with the February 29 bomb explosion in the house of a local corporator.