Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 2:
Commissionerate Police today arrested one more accused and detained another person in connection with the murder of contractor Dillip Nayak at Patrapada on the outskirts of the Odisha capital on June 18.
Police sources said the accused, identified as Joy Barik alias Upendra, was arrested today from Balanga in Puri district. Upendra was arrested while he was hiding in a hut in a betel vineyard in Balanga area.
Another person Sisir Barik has been detained by the police in connection with murder, they added.
While Upendra is the elder brother of the main accused Raju Barik, Sisir is his nephew.
Upendra during interrogations has reportedly told the police that a total of three rounds were fired at Dillip from two pistols. While two rounds hit Dillip, the third missed him, police sources said.
On June 21, police had arrested two persons identified as Sarat Kumar Samantaray (50) and Surya Kanta Samantray (20) in connection with the murder.
Police had then claimed that the two accused were associates of the mastermind of the crime Rajendra Barik and were present at the spot at the time of the murder.
However, police are yet to nab Rajendra Barik, the prime accused.
On the other hand, family members of the deceased alleged that Barik enjoyed political patronage, which is causing the delay in his arrest.
35-year-old contractor Dillip Nayak was shot dead by his rival group near a construction site behind the AIIMS Hospital in Patrapada under Khandagiri police station on June 18.
Hundreds of protesters, including the family members and the associates of deceased Nayak had protested outside the Khandagiri police station on June 29 demanding the arrest of the main accused involved in the shootout case at the earliest.
The protestors, including family members of the deceased and members of Ambedkar Mission Foundation, marched from Aiginia Square to the Khandagiri police station and had blocked NH-5 for hours to protest the failure of the police in arresting Rajendra Barik, the main accused, who had fired the shots that killed Dillip.