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3 held for Ganjam Cong leader’s murder

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OST Bureau
Brahmapur, Dec 7: A

After 13 days of hide and seek between them and the criminals, the police has finally succeeded in nabbing the contract assassins (supari killers) of Congress leader and former block chairman of Sheragada Makara Gouda.

These contract killers, hired by the main conspirator Kalia, hacked Makara Gouda in broad daylight while he ran for his life on the road onto the fields. Makara succumbed to his injuries at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital two days after being attacked.

After arresting the three accused in the murder case, police on Friday forwarded them to a local court.

The arrested are Ajay Kumar Sharma alias Saroj, a native of Faizabad in UP’s Ayodhya district, Ishwar Jena and Narayan Jena of Sunantara village under Sheragada block in Ganjam district.

At press conference here, DIG Southern range Amitav Thakur said the chopper used in the murder had been recovered from Balipada canal 25 km away from the spot where the incident took place.

Thakur said the mastermind Kalia and two more accused were still at large. Of the three sketches prepared by the police one matched with Ajay, he said.

The DIG said deceased Makara was hacked while he was returning to Sunantara on his bike alone from Hinjili on November 22. Initially, Makara tried to resist his attackers, but then ran for his life into the fields where he was chased and hacked by his attackers. Some women who were working in the fields informed the villagers on which the assailants left the place.