Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13:
Paradip police today served notice to Mala Mishra, wife of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) Managing Director Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra to appear before it and record her statement in connection with the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Kumar Swain.
It’s worthwhile to mention here that Mahima Mishra has been named an accused in Mahendra Kumar Swain’s broad daylight murder at Paradip and since then he has been on the run.
Earlier on December 7, a team of Paradip police had raided Mishra’s house at Baramunda here.
Police had also raided Mishra’s farm house in Nischintakoili, Empires Hotel at Saheed Nagar here and his house at Odia Bazar in Cuttack last month. Some incriminating documents were seized during the raids.
A lookout circular has been issued against Mishra. The OSL chief had moved the Odisha High Court seeking anticipatory bail while challenging the lookout circular. However, the court denied interim protection to him.
The firearms licenses of Mishra and his son Charchit have been cancelled by police.
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.
Police have so far arrested five persons– 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 OSL to arrange a contract killer for Swain’s murder. Chaubey had reportedly engaged Hussain to kill Swain.