Odisha police on Sunday lodged case of homicide in opposition to Malkangiri district collector Manish Agrawal and three others on course of a judicial Justice of the Peace within the case of loss of life of the collector’s private assistant beneath mysterious circumstances, stated the police.
The order was given within the mysterious loss of life case of Debanarayan Panda, PA of the collector.
“We’ve shaped an SIT on this case following the orders of the court docket. A deputy SP has been put in-charge of the investigation,” stated a senior police official. Agrawal didn’t touch upon the developments.
Early this month, Banaja Panda, the spouse of Debanarayan Panda, former private assistant of Malkangiri district collector Manish Agarwal, had moved the court docket of SDJM in Malkangiri, in search of lodging of case of homicide in opposition to the IAS officer and three others alleging that her husband might have been murdered since he allegedly got here to know concerning the involvement of the collector and others in corruption.
Alleging lack of transparency and effectivity within the investigation course of, she claimed that the CCTV footage of the district collector’s workplace has been tampered with.
On December 27 final 12 months, the collector’s private assistant had gone lacking from his workplace. Subsequent day, his physique was recovered from Satiguda dam in Malkangiri city. His bike and helmet have been discovered mendacity close to the dam. Although police had initially registered a suicide case and later an unnatural loss of life case into the incident, relations of the deceased had alleged that they have been being threatened by cops whereas investigation was underway.
In January this 12 months, Congress in Malkangiri had referred to as for a 24-hour bandh demanding the arrest of the district collector over the case.