Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 17:

Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) Managing Director Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra was today sent to Choudwar Circle Jail after the Twin City Commissionerate police produced him before the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Court here as his remand period came to an end.

Mahima Mishra

The SDJM court had allowed the police to take Mishra on a three-day remand from January 14 for questioning over his alleged involvement in the 2013 Press Chhak bomb hurling and attempt to murder case.

Notably, police had on January 6 moved the SDJM court seeking Mishra’s inclusion as an accused in the case.

A criminal Ganesh Sahu of CDA area in Cuttack who has been arrested in the case had revealed to the police during interrogation that the bomb was hurled under Mishra’s direction, police had said.

According to reports, bomb was hurled at lawyer Abhay Bhatt near Press Chhak here on September 21, 2013 in an attempt to kill him. Mishra at that time wanted to purchase a piece of land worth Rs 72 lakh but it was Bhatt who succeeded in buying it. Getting furious over the incident, Mishra might have directed to hurl bomb at Bhatt, police suspect.

The OSL chief has been arrested in connection with the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain in Paradip.

Mishra was earlier lodged at Samagol Jail in Jagatsinghpur district after his arrest and was later shifted to Choudwar Jail on January 12 after his bail plea was rejected by the SDJM court.