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Attack on minister : 4 accused arrested


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Cuttack, Feb 28 :

Odisha police today claimed they had succeeded in  nabbing four persons who had allegedly opened fire at Law and Culture minister Maheswar Mohanty in Puri.

Maheswar Mohanty after the attack ( pic : Sarat Mama )
Maheswar Mohanty after the attack ( pic : Sarat Mama )

DGP Prakash Mishra told OST that four persons who were involved in the murderous attack were arrested from Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

The four had  fled Puri after the incident and moved first to Puttaparthi and then to Bengaluru.

The ‘assailants’ were nabbed while they were returning from Bengaluru, the DGP said, adding, they are being brought to Odisha for interrogation.

At least five more persons were being interrogated in Puri over the last couple of days, sources said.

According to a source in the Puri police, the four accused persons who are being brought from Andhra Pradesh for interrogation are reportedly close associates of the BJD corporator Talachhu Bhagaban Mohapatra, alias Guna Singhari who was murdered in Puri on August 22, 2012.

Mohapatra was a known opponent of Maheswar Mohanty and when Krushna Chandra Pratihari, a close aide of Mohanty and the main accused in Mohapatra’s murder, was released on bail  two weeks ago, Mohapatra;s supporters were mighty angry, the source added.
“This could have led to the attack on the minister,” the source said.

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