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Lady teacher murder case : All accused sent to Choudwar jail


OST Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 29

All the five accused including Paresh Mohapatra, the main accused in the murder of lady teacher Alakananda Mishra were sent to Choudwar jail following the rejection of their bail pleas by the SDJM court here.

The accused were arrested on Wednesday for their involvement in the killing of the teacher and disposing her body in a crematorium.

Police are planning to seek remand of all the accused for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime, besides checking phone call records of the accused. Meanwhile, the ashes collected from the crematorium have been sent to the forensic laboratory in Bhubaneswar for DNA test.

Police said, Paresh had admitted to have strangulated Mishra with her ‘odhani’ following a scuffle on July 29.

Paresh with the help of the transport in-charge of his school Pranabesh Ray, associates J Kameshwar Rao, Srikanta Nayak and ambulance driver Hrushikesh Sahu, had taken her body to Kaliaboda and cremated it, police added.

While the scarf or ‘odhani’ used for the murder has been recovered by the police, the ambulance used for carrying the body to the cremation ground has been seized along with Paresh’s car.

Police said, Alakananda had come in contact with Paresh in 2010 and both were in a live-in relationship after intimacy developed between them. Both were staying in a rented house at Sector 10 in CDA.

On July 29, there was some altercation between the two and in a fit of rage, Paresh strangulated the teacher with her ‘odhani’, police said. “Though the accused has admitted to the crime, he is yet to reveal the motive behind the murder,” an investigating officer said.