BERHAMPUR: Yet another land grabbing case has been slapped against former MLA from Sanakhemundi Ramesh Jena by Sadar police on Monday.
SP Asish Singh said, an FIR was lodged by D Digamurty Patra of Goilundi in the city against realtor Kiran Panda. He alleged that Panda took his three acres of land at Borigaon-Nimakhandi in 2013 for housing plots. Later, Ramesh, his father Arakhita Jena, realtor Buna Sahu and BeMC Corporator R Murali took the land, but did not make any payment.
As in the previous cases of and grabbing, Digamurty too was threatened with dire consequences when he asked for the money. After the arrest of Jena, Digamurty lodged a complaint.
After verification of documents, police arrested Panda two days back. During verification police got evidence against Ramesh, Arakhita, Buna and Murali and registered a case against them too.
The SP said, another land grab case is likely to be filed against Jena soon. One Lingaraj Behera of Hatapur under Purusottompur police limits lodged a complaint alleging that Sunil Patra of Kanisi took around one acre land near Tara Tarini Chowk and converted it into housing plots. When Behera demanded money against the land, Jena and his aides threatened to kill him, he stated in the FIR. Purusottompur police arrested Sunil on Sunday and investigation is on, said the SP.
With Jena, his father and Sahu, Murali, Panda and Patra lodged in Circle Jail, police has sought seven-day remand of Jena to interrogate him in the land grabbing cases. A total of 22 cases has been registered against Jena since March 6.