Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Brahmapur, Sep 24:
The Odisha crime branch (CB), investigating the Chatrapur land grabbing case, today produced the self-styled godman Sura Baba alias Surendranath Mishra and his son– Trilochan– at Chatrapur SDJM court in Ganjam to interrogate them in this connection.
The accused were taken from Jharpada jail to Chatrapur to produce them before the court amid tight security. Later, they were sent to Chatrapur jail after a brief hearing in the case in the local court here.
After the arrest of Baba and his sons, a resident of Brahmapur in Ganjam district– Mochiram Sahu– had filed a complaint with a local police station in Chatrapur alleging that the father-son duo had taken over around one acre of his land at Chatrapur.
Mochiram claims that he had handed over his patch of land to Sura Baba and his sons in 2013 to get his mentally-retarded son cured. But, his son could not be cured and was referred to a private hospital in Bengaluru.
Sura Baba had allegedly encroached 894 decimal lands along National Highway belonging to Mochiram. When the complainant contacted Sura Baba regarding his land, he was told that the land had been bought from him for Rs 26 lakh. However, Sahu claims that he never got the money.
According to the complainant, the sale deed prepared by Baba was faked. His mentally-retarded son and an unknown person were named as witnesses in the deed. He also alleged that the godman and his sons had threatened to eliminate him.
The CB officials had earlier filed a petition in the court to take the accused on remand to interrogate them in the case.
On August 31, the Twin City Commissionerate Police had arrested Baba and his sons slapping charges under section 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (Punishment for wrongful confinement), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 294 ( sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of IPC and section 3(I)(x) of the ST and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and under Section 25 of the Arms Act.