Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, Dec 23:

Yet another accused in the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain in Odisha’s Paradip was today arrested from New Delhi airport.


According to reports, Paradip police arrested the accused identified as Sushant Sethi from New Delhi airport.

The accused is being brought to Odisha on transit remand after production before a local court in the national capital.

Sushant Sethi is a close associate of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) chief Mahimananda Mishra. He would be produced before Kujang JMFC court where we would seek for his remand, Jagatsinghpur SP, Jaynarayan Pankaj said.

Notably, Sethi is an employee of OSL.

Earlier in the day, Kujang JMFC court today issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against OSL chief Mahimananda Mishra and firm’s Executive Director Basant Bal in connection with the murder.

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 himself after alighting from the vehicle, miscreants fired two rounds at him leading to his death.

Probing into the incident, Paradip police have so far arrested five accused– Rakesh Chaubey and Riyasat Hussain of Jamshedpur, Muhammad Samin of Jharkhand, and Manoj Gochhayat and Shiva of Cuttack.

Sources said, Chaubey had received Rs 12 lakh from Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) to arrange a contract killer for Swain’s murder. Chaubey had reportedly engaged Hussain to kill Swain.