One of the accused in the murder of Shanti Prasad Mishra, a youth with criminal past under Gosaninuagaon police limits on January 29, was arrested by local police on Friday. He has been identified as Santosh Sahu.
Berhampur SDPO Thakur Prasad Patra said Mishra had fallen prey to rivalry he had created through his terror tactics.
Around 20 criminal cases are pending against him. Mishra died in bomb explosion in Gosaninuagaon on January 29.
During investigation, police had arrested six persons for their alleged involvement in the murder, but failed to nab the three main accused.
The six arrested were from different areas of the city. They are Rakesh Panda, Ganesh Panigrahy, Babaji Rana, Sheik Jafar, Mrutyunjay Sabat and Ranjit Panigrahy.
Mrutyunjay and Ranjit had not taken part in the attack on Mishra though they were part of the murder conspiracy.
All the nine persons also had past criminal record and were in Berhampur circle jail last year. Investigation revealed that the plan to kill Mishra had started to take shape inside the jail.
After the accused persons came out of jail, they chalked out the details of their plan and committed the murder. All of them had personal as well as common grudge against Mishra.
The three main accused are Santosh Sahu, Santosh Panigrahy and Mauja Misra, all belonging to Gosaninuagaon.
The SDPO said on a tip-off about presence of the three in Lanjipalli area of the city, police intercepted them. However, only Santosh could be arrested while the others managed to escape.
He was produced in local court which remanded him in judicial custody.