Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 7:
Police today arrested a man from Hyderabad in connection with the bombing on the residence of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) honorary secretary Asirbad Behera at Madhusudan Nagar last month.
The accused–Sheikh Sunil– was arrested from the IT city today and would be brought to Odisha on transit remand, police said.
“One of the prime accused in the bombing on OCA Secretary Asirbad Behera’s house–Sheikh Sunil– has been arrested from Hyderabad and he will be brought to Odisha on transit remand,” Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma told reporters here today.
Notably, Sunil is among the three miscreants who had hurled high intensity crackers at the OCA secretary’s residence, hardly a stone’s throw away from Cantonment police station, here on August 28. Sunil was on the run since the incident, police said.
Examination of footage from close circuit television (CCTV) cameras revealed that three motorcycle-borne criminals had lobbed three low-intensity bombs at Behera’s residence that afternoon.
Based on CCTV footage, five accused had been arrested earlier in connection with this case.
Police suspected that the incident could have been carried out with an intention to extort money from people.
“The main purpose behind exploding the powerful crackers was extortion. Apart from the target home, their intention was also to create panic in the vicinity too so that it would become easy to extort money from them also. The mastermind is lodged in Choudwar Circle Jail,” Dr RP Sharma had said.