SALEPUR: Even a week after Krupasindhu Sahoo, a farmer of Nachhigan village in Niali, was done to death, the main accused in the murder, Kartik Pani, continues to evade the police. The 28-year-old Pani belongs to the same village.
Sahoo had received threat calls from some villagers after he filed an RTI application to seek information on the money spent on line transplantation of paddy saplings under the ongoing Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) project in Krushna Prasad gram panchayat. BGREI is a project of Union Ministry of Agriculture to enhance agriculture production.
On Sunday, police arrested Kartik’s mother Sushila (72) and sister Manju from Gopalpur under Cuttack Sadar police limits and his nephew Pratap Jena (20) of Karanga village under Sadansha gram panchayat.
During interrogation, Pratap told the police that his uncle Kartik strangulated Sahoo on January 26 and kept the body in his house. Next day, Pratap and Kartik took the body in Kartik’s autorickshaw and buried it in Taanla river bed. Pratap, however, denied knowing the reason behind Sahoo’s murder. Police said Kartik, who was jailed for loot and murder of a sugarcane farmer of Nuagaon in 2009, was recently released on bail.
For the last three months, he was driving an autorickshaw to earn livelihood.
Meanwhile, Sahoo’s wife, Laxmipriya Sahoo and sons Rakesh and Bikash left the village on Monday after receiving threat from some unknown persons. They left behind Sahoo’s mother Harash (65).
Locals said Laxmipriya was warned by some persons last week against going ahead with the case.
Additional SP Krishna Chandra Samal, who visited Harash on Monday evening, said police have been deployed at the village for her security.
On Saturday, Sahoo’s body was exhumed by police from Taanla river bed.