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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 14:

The Twin City Commissionerate police today took Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) Managing Director Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra on a three-day remand for questioning in connection with the 2013 Press Chhak bomb hurling and attempt to murder case.

Mahima Mishra

The Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Court here had yesterday allowed the Commissionerate Police to take Mishra on remand beginning January 14 while asking it to produce him before the court on January 17.

Earlier on January 6, the police had moved the court seeking Mishra’s inclusion as an accused in the case.

A criminal Ganesh Sahu of CDA area in Cuttack who has been arrested in the case had revealed to the police during interrogation that the bomb was hurled under Mishra’s direction, police had said.

According to reports, bombs were hurled at lawyer Abhay Bhatt near Press Chhak here on September 21, 2013 in an attempt to kill him. Mishra at that time wanted to purchase a piece of land worth Rs 72 lakh but it was Bhatt who succeeded in buying it. Getting furious over the incident, Mishra might have directed to hurl bomb at Bhatt, police suspect.

The OSL chief, who has been arrested in connection with the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain in Paradip, is currently lodged at the Choudwar Circle Jail.

Mishra was earlier lodged at Samagol Jail in Jagatsinghpur district after his arrest and was shifted to Choudwar Jail on January 12 after his bail plea was rejected by the SDJM Court here.