Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 26:

Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra Managing Director of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) and the firm’s Executive Director Basant Kumar Bal, both accused in the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain were brought here this evening by the six-member team of the Jagatsinghpur police from Bangkok via Kolkata.


The duo was immediately taken to the Capital Hospital for a medical check-up on their arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

After a health check-up at Capital Hospital the duo is being taken to Paradip, sources in police said.

Earlier in the evening, DGP K B Singh had informed reporters that the duo accompanied by the six-member police team had arrived in Kolkata and would soon depart for Bhubaneswar.

The duo was detained at the Bangkok Immigration Centre after their arrest by the Thai immigration police from a luxury hotel in Parthum area on advice of Odisha police and Interpol.

According to the DGP Mishra and Bal had managed to escape to Nepal through the open border where no passport and visa is needed and had then managed to escape to Bangkok in Thailand through tourist visa where he was finally detained as Odisha police were tracking them there through appropriate agencies.

It may be mentioned here that the Kujang JMFC court on Friday had issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) chief Mahimananda Mishra and firm’s Executive Director Basant Bal in connection with the murder of Swain.

Further, a lookout circular was earlier issued against Mishra by the police in connection with the murder of Swain. The OSL chief had moved the Odisha High Court seeking anticipatory bail and challenging the lookout circular. However, the court denied interim protection to him.

Similarly, police had conducted raid on the house of Bal on November 10 and had frozen his personal account.

It may be recalled here that on October 26 shots were fired at Swain near Ambedkar Bhawan at Madhuban Colony in Paradip. Two miscreants had hurled crude hand bombs at the SUV in which Swain was travelling. While Swain was fleeing to save his life after alighting from the vehicle, miscreants fired two rounds at him leading to his death.

Seven persons have been arrested by the police in connection with Swain’s murder so far. They are Rakesh Choubey, Riyasat Hussain alias Riyaz, Mohammad Shamim, Manoj Gochhayat, Shiba, Arindam alias Bapi Sarkhel and Sushant Sethy.

According to the police, Rakesh Choubey had received Rs 12 lakh cash in advance from OSL in September 2016 to execute Swain. Choubey through his associates got Swain killed on October 26 this year.

Meanwhile, the Jagatsinghpur District and Sessions Court today rejected the bail plea of Bapi Sarkhel in the SSLPL GM Mahendra Swain murder case.