Co-passengers of Raja to Be Grilled by SIT

Published: 14th February 2016 06:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2016 06:27 AM   |  A+A-

BALASORE: Balasore police on Saturday formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT) comprising six officials to grill actress Jessy, programme coordinator Pralay Jena and driver Dhaneswar Behera in connection with the mysterious death of TV actor Ranjit Patnaik alias Raja.

Selective officials of the district, including Remuna police station IIC Sudarshan Das, Industrial Area police station IIC Paresh Rout and Soro police station IIC Parshuram Sahu are in the team.

The team, headed by Balasore SP Niti Sekhar, took the trio to the spot at Chaparpada bridge over Kansabansa river where the 38-year-old choreographer-turned- television serial actor was found wounded on the fateful night on Sunday.

While Pralay and Dhaneswar Behera were detained by the police, actress Pralipta Priyadarshini Samal, popularly known as Jessy, deposed before the police on Friday. The trio once again narrated the sequence of events before the SIT.

They were later subjected to marathon interrogation separately. Soro IIC said after hours of grilling, the three were released on PR bond and asked to depose before the SIT, whenever required.

Jessy, however, denied her affair with Raja. She once again told the SIT that the incident was purely an accident and not suicide or murder. Raja was her good friend and she had arguments with him over the payment made to them by the opera party that day.

Meanwhile, police are mulling possibilities to conduct polygraph test on them as there was discrepancy in their statements.

The police are likely to seek the order of the court and write to State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) on Monday for the test.

Even six days after the incident, police are clueless as to how did Raja fall off the bridge.

The post-mortem report, however, confirms that the actor died due to excess bleeding and lever damage.


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