BERHAMPUR: After the end of his two-day remand, Aska police produced former Congress MLA Ramesh Jena before the court on Saturday. Meanwhile, Purusotompur police was permitted by the court to take Jena on one-day remand on Monday.
On the other hand, Sadar police slapped another land grabbing case against Jena and prayed before the court to take him on remand to interrogate him in connection with the case.
SP Asish Singh said Jena, his father Arakhit, BeMC corporator R Murali and realtor Buna Sahu grabbed a patch of 3 acres land at Nimakhandi on the outskirts of the City, but did not pay the money to the owner.
Basing on the complaint, Sadar police registered a case on Saturday.
The SP said during investigation it was found that Jena, along with some realtors, grabbed over 70 acres of land in Nimakhandi and Bhabinipur areas and converted them into housing plots. He said the realtors are under the scanner and are likely to be taken into custody.
Singh said the liquor unit, which was in Arakhita Jena’s name at Bhabinipur, and from where revolvers were recovered, has been sealed.
Jena employed youths to operate his crime empire, the SP said, adding that five of his associates were arrested by Town police on Friday. He said so far 24 of Jena’s associates have already been arrested and more will be rounded up soon.
Police got evidences about Jena’s involvement in tender fixing, sand lifting, liquor trade and illegal arms trade. Singh said the black money which Jena invested in different sectors is being investigated.
Five Criminals Held
Khallikote police arrested five dreaded criminals and seized a revolver on Saturday. The drive against criminals was started by Ganjam district police on March 19.