Titlagarh (Balangir), Dec 30:
Despite the arrest of four persons allegedly involved in the murder of BJD leader Abhimanyu Sahu by the Crime Branch, the local people here say they are not convinced by the convulsions arrived at by the police.
The statement made by the Crime Branch ADG BK Sharma during a press briefing in Cuttack on Saturday that the main accused in the Abhimanyu Sahu murder Alok Das is a contractor and that he had a deep-seated business rivalry with the slain BJD leader, has been rejected by the local people in Titlagarh.
Several members of the local youth organization here said that Abhimanyu and Alok were not contractors and had no licence to undertake contracts.
“Hence, the question of any business and personal rivalry over tenders or contracts between them does not arise,”claimed a local youth leader.
While Alok runs a roadside dhaba in Titlagarh, Jagdish Bag, the other accused and belongs to Gunachitara village works at the Ghantasuni temple in the town, local people said.
Besides, another accused Naresh Singh from Hatapadapada here is an ex-employee of Powmex Steel and was on the lookout for a job. The fourth accused, Santosh Rana is a driver who had purchased an Ambassador car recently with financial assistance from Alok Das.
Stating that none of the four arrested had any rivalry with Abhimanyu, the youth members said the growing popularity of the BJD leader had become unbearable for some senior ruling party leaders who had masterminded his murder with the help of these four accused.
They maintained that an impartial probe would surely reveal the involvement of these leaders in the gruesome murder.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Narasingh Mishra at a press briefing in Bhubaneswar on Sunday demanded a CBI investigation into the murder of Abhimanyu.
Pointing a finger at BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik , he said “If the former is keen about an impartial probe, why is he reluctant to order for a CBI probe?”
“The people of Titlagarh and the Balangir district have been demanding a CBI probe. Besides, the people have called for Titlagarh bandh twice in protest against Sahu’s murder. Unless the chief minister is trying to protect the real culprits, he should order for a CBI probe without further delay”, Mishra said.