Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Paradip, Dec 23:
The Kujang JMFC court today issued non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) chief Mahimananda Mishra and firm’s Executive Director Basant Bal in connection with the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain.
The Paradip police had moved the court seeking NBW against the two.
A lookout circular was earlier issued against Mishra 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 freezed 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 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.