Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 26:
The Jagatsinghpur police today conducted raids at three places belonging to Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) chief Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra who is accused in the Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain murder case.
According to reports, raids were conducted at Mishra’s farm house in Nischintakoili, Empires Hotel at Saheed Nagar in Bhubaneswar and his house at Odia Bazar in Cuttack early this morning.
Some incriminating documents were seized during the raids, sources said.
Notably, police had cancelled the firearms license of Mishra and his son Charchit on November 23. Besides, police had also inspected OSL’s helicopter at the Bhubaneswar Airport.
A lookout circular has been issued against Mishra in connection with the murder of Swain. The OSL chief had moved the Odisha High Court seeking anticipatory bail and challenging the lookout circular.
It may be recalled here that on October 26 shots were fired at Swain near Ambedkar Bhawan at Madhuban Colony in Paradip. Two miscreants had hurled crude hand bombs at the SUV in which Swain was travelling. While Swain was fleeing to save himself after alighting from the vehicle, miscreants fired two rounds at him leading to his death.
Probing into the incident, Paradip police have so far arrested five accused– Rakesh Chaubey and Riyasat Hussain of Jamshedpur, Muhammad Samin of Jharkhand, and Manoj Gochhayat and Shiva of Cuttack.
Sources said, Chaubey had received Rs 12 lakh from Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) to arrange a contract killer for Swain’s murder. Chaubey had reportedly engaged Hussain to kill Swain.