Dhenkanal, Jan 5:
The attack on BJD youth leader from Kamakshanagar Yasobanta Parida on Friday was masterminded by Deepak Mohanta, husband of the Baruan sarpanch, Dhenkanal SP Manoranjan Mohanty revealed here on Sunday.
Mohanta had given a ‘supari’ of Rs 10 lakh for the murder of Parida, who he believed was responsible for sending him to jail in a murder case three years ago, the SP said. While Rs 5 lakh had already been given to the contract killers by way of ‘advance’, the rest Rs 5 lakh was to be given after the murder, he said.
The two contract killers had already been arrested while Mohanta and his co-conspirator in the case were still at large, the SP said.
The main assailant Suresh Panda of Athagarh was overpowered and handed over to the police immediately after he pumped three bullets into Parida on Friday evening, while his associate Lunia was nabbed today, he said.
Parida is currently under treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where his condition has been stated as ‘stable’.