Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Oct 4:
Paralakhemundi MLA K Surya Rao, former BJD Gajapati district president Basant Das and Manoranjan Badaghar appeared before the Odisha Crime Branch here today in connection with the mysterious deaths of Parala Maharaja’s former manager Anang Manjari Patra and her three siblings.
The agency had served notices to nine persons including Rao to appear before it in connection with the quadruple suicide case.
“I have fully cooperated in the investigation process. I replied to all the questions asked by Crime Branch officials and I am not guilty. I am ready to face further questioning. Investigation into the house arrest matter is on. The truth will come out soon,” said Rao after coming out of the Crime Branch office.
Notably, Paralakhemundi Municipality councillor Bibhuti Nayak and local Congress leader Sudhi Ranjan Mahapatra had appeared before the Crime Branch yesterday for interrogation.
It may be recalled here that a highly-placed official of the Crime Branch had revealed on Friday that Congress legislator K Surya Rao and eight others would be interrogated by the agency in connection with the Paralakhemundi quadruple suicide case adding all those whose names have figured in the suicide notes and the FIR have been served with summons by the Crime Branch.
It may be mentioned here that body of Ananga and her two other siblings– Bijaylaxmi Patra and Sanjay Patra– were recovered from her Jangam Sahi residence in Paralakhemundi on August 21.
Another brother, Santosh, was rescued from the house, where he was found lying on the floor, in a critical condition. The following day, he died at MKCG Medical College and Hospital.
Three suicide notes were later recovered from the residence wherein names of 11 persons were mentioned. The writers of the notes had held Rao and a particular television channel responsible for their deaths.
Rao had led a campaign demanding action against Ananga and her brother Sanjay, who worked as a personal assistant to the king, for allegedly keeping the Maharaja under house arrest and trying to sell off royal properties.