Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kujang, Dec 27:
Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) Managing Director Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra 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 today produced before the Kujang JMFC court here amid tight security and later sent to jail.
While police sought a 5-day remand of the accused, Mishra and Bal filed bail petitions in the court.
Rejecting the bail pleas, the court granted a 4-day remand of the accused.
Later, both Mishra and Bal were sent to Samagol jail.
Notably, the duo was yesterday brought to Bhubaneswar and later taken to Paradip by a six-member team of the Jagatsinghpur police from Bangkok via Kolkata.
They were 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.
Mishra and Bal had managed to escape to Nepal through open border where no passport and visa is needed and then gone to Bangkok in Thailand through tourist visa where they were finally detained as Odisha police were tracking them through appropriate agencies.
It may be mentioned here that the Kujang JMFC court had issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against Mishra and Bal in connection with the murder of Swain.
Further, a lookout circular was earlier issued against Mishra by the police. 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.