Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Paradip, Dec 29:

The main accused in the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain, Rakesh Choubey lodged in Samagol jail near Kujang in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district was today shifted to Alipingal jail due to security reasons.


According to reports, the jail authorities have decided to shift him to Alipingal jail for security reasons.

Notably, businessman and Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) chief Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra and firm’s Executive Director Basant Kumar Bal are also lodged in Samagol jail after their bail pleas were rejected by a local court here on Tuesday.

The Paradip police were supposed to take Mahima Mishra on a four-day remand from today for interrogation. However, it was rescheduled to January 1 on health grounds.

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.

It may be recalled here that on October 26 shots were fired at Mahendra 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.