Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, July 7:

Berhampur police with the help of their Delhi counterparts have arrested the former Mayor of Odisha’s Silk City in connection with several criminal cases pending against him, reports said today.

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According to reports, the former Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Siva Shankar Dash alias Pintu has been arrested from Delhi.

Berhampur Police this evening arrived in the capital city along with Dash. The accused claimed that he has been implicated for political reasons.

“I am being victimized by the conspiracy by Naveen Patnaik. I have been arrested in view of the upcoming panchayat elections due early next year,” Siva Shankar Das alleged.

Dash—a Corporator of BMC— was arrested last year in February for allegedly attempting to murder a person.

The former Mayor had resigned from the ruling BJD on March 17, 2014 just before the Assembly election after being denied a party ticket to contest from Berhampur Assembly segment. He joined the BJP and unsuccessfully contested from Berhampur segment.