Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bolangir, Jun 6:
The bailers of former Kantabanji MLA Prasanna Kumar Pal and Artatrana Singhdeo would be in trouble if the convicted duo don’t surrender before June 15 as per the directions of the Supreme Court.
Pal and Singhdeo are among the nine convicted in the 41-year old murder case of Parsuram Satpathy, a young, upcoming politician from the town who was run over by a vehicle by a group of people.
“As per the Supreme Court order, the accused need to surrender in the lower court on or before June 15. Should they not do that, action would be taken against their bail guarantors. We have already served notice on them and will take steps to confiscate their property as per the court order,” said Ashok Mohanty, Government pleader who fought the case.
“The court has ordered them to surrender but there is no bar on the police to execute the warrant. We have taken some action, but so far haven’t been able to get to them. We are in the process of gathering more information and would try to execute the warrant. If they don’t surrender and deliberately hide their whereabouts, subsequent action would follow,” warned Deepak Kumar, SP of Bolangir.
In the meanwhile, the much delayed verdict has taken a political colour. BJD ruled Bolangir Municipality named a square of the town in the memory of Satpathy, which was inaugurated by BJD’s Rajya Sabha MP Ananga Uday Singhdeo.
“To my knowledge, he was a journalist and a youth leader who was murdered brutally. Justice has finally been done to his family after 41 long years. We are naming this square to remember him. It will henceforth be known as Parsuram Satpathy square. We will beautify it and create a water body here. We would also set up his statue and protect that too,” said a local party activist.
It may be noted that 41 years after youth leader and journalist Parsuram Satpathy was crushed under a jeep near Kalamandap field in Bolangir; the Supreme Court found nine men guilty in the case and sentenced them to life terms last month.
Out of the nine found guilty in the case, six have died and only three are alive. 69-year-old Dhobei Podha is the only one arrested so far in this case. Bolangir Police so far have failed to arrest the other two, who are on the run.
The other two convicts – former Kantabanji legislator Pal and Artatrana Singhdeo – had approached the Supreme Court praying for retention of their surrender, which has been rejected. Instead, the Apex Court had asked Pal to surrender in the lower court within four weeks and submit a proof of the surrender.