Sambalpur: Padampur SDPO Laxminarayan Panda arrested senior BJP leader and former Minister Jaynarayan Mishra and his aide Shiba Kumar Diwan in connection with a firing case at Banabira in Bargarh district on Labour minister Susanta Singh’s brother Subrat and four of his associates, in which one of the associates identified as Dileswar Sahi died on February 22.
The police team raided the house of Mishra in Sambalpur and then took him to the Sohela police station for interrogation.
“An FIR into the Banabira case, in which a person died, was lodged against Mishra and others at the Sohela police station. A case under Section 302, 147, 148, 302 and Arms act was lodged against Mishra,” informed Panda.
“During the investigation, we had arrested six persons and arrested Mishra today. He will be forwarded to court today after medical examination,” added Panda.
On the other hand, Mishra refuted the allegations on him and demanded CBI probe into the matter.
“The doctors in VIMSAR clearly said that no one sustained bullet injuries in the incident. I demand the case should be handed over to the CBI following which the exact truth will be known,” demanded Mishra.
Meanwhile, Mishra was sent to 14-day judicial custody after a local court in Bargarh rejected his bail plea.
On the other hand, the state unit of BJP have announced a peaceful Satygraha across the State in protest against the arrest of Mishra.
“The allegation against Mishra is baseless. The death of Dileswar Sahu, who died after being injured in the firing case, did not die due to the bullet injuries. BJD have hatched a conspiracy against the member of the saffron party,” said State party president Basanta Panda while refuting the charges on Mishra.
“A peaceful Satyagraha will be held in front of police stations, SP offices and DGP office in a phased manner across the State,” added Panda.
Notably, on February 22, Labour minister Susanta Singh’s brother Subrat and four of his associates were attacked by a group of unidentified men at Banabira village in Bargarh district. Subrat’s driver identified as Dileswar Sahu received head injuries in the incident and died while undergoing treatment in the hospital.