Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 18:
Ending a 10-day long manhunt across Odisha and even beyond, Commissionerate Police today arrested Saila Ranasingh, christened ‘Lady Don’, and four others wanted in connection with the brutal assault on policemen on duty at the Haldipadia slum here on June 8, from Soro in Baleswar district.
Briefing newsmen here, Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr R P Sharma said acting on a tip-off, the special teams formed by the commissionerate police, along with Laxmisagar police staff, conducted a raid on Saila’s hide-out at Soro where the accused had been staying posing as artists of a melody party since absconding from here.
The others arrested were identified as Pinky alias Puja Ranasingh (23), daughter of Saila Ranasingh of Keradakandi under Ranpur police limits in Nayagarh district, Jitu alias Tutu Ranasingh (25), son of Saila, Karana Pujapanda (30), son-in-law of Saila and a juvenile.
All accused will be forwarded to a court in the city this evening, said Dr Sharma.
Six persons including Mamata Nayak, Jitendra Karada and Binati Patra, all of them residents of the Haldipadia slum, have already been arrested in the case. During the brawl with the police personnel on June 8, the accused persons had assisted the Saila in attacking the cops, the CP added.
Police had earlier registered two cases based on complaints lodged by Sub-Inspector Ashok Kumar Hansdah and Santosh Kumar Jena of Haldipadia slum.
Three out of the 12 persons named in the FIR lodged by ASI Hansdah have been arrested and charged under sections 147, 148, 341,342,323, 324, 325, 307, 336,337,332, 294, 354, 506, 149 of IPC/ 3 PDPP Act/ 7 Crl. Law Amendment Act/ 3 (i) (x)/ 2 (v) SC/ST (PA) Act.
Three others out of the 11 named in the complaint filed by Santosh were arrested and charges under sections 294, 323, 342, 307, 506 and 34 of IPC pressed against them, the CP said.
The Commissioner further said while eight cases are pending against Saila in Laxmisagar police station, three cases against her daughter Pinky and two cases against her son Tutu are pending in the same police station.
On June 8, residents of Haldipadia basti under Laxmisagar police station in the city had thrashed a group of policemen, including inspector-in-charge (IIC) of the Laxmisagar police station Rajat Ray and sub-inspector (SI) Ashok Hansda, black and blue when they reached the spot to rescue Santosh who had been tied to a pole and was being beaten mercilessly by a mob allegedly instigated by Saila.