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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 23:

Odisha police today cancelled the firearms license of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) chief Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra who is accused in the Seaways Group General Manager Mahendra Swain murder case.

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This apart, firearms license of Mahima’s son Charchit was also cancelled, informed Twin City Commissionerate police.

In a related development, Jagatsinghpur police today inspected OSL’s helicopter at the Bhubaneswar Airport. If required, license of the chopper will be cancelled, police said.

Notably, Jagatsinghpur police had earlier approached the Commissionerate police seeking cancellation of firearm licenses of Mahimananda and Charchit.

Police had also issued a lookout circular against Mahimananda in connection with 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.