Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Paradip, Nov 18:

A day after getting arrested in connection with the murder of Seaways Group General Manager Mahendra Swain, the five accused in the case were sent to jail today after rejection of their bail plea by court.


According to reports, the accused were produced before the Kujang court. They were later sent to Kujang jail as the court rejected their bail application.

Police is likely to take prime accused Rakesh Chaubey and sharpshooter Riyasat Hussain on remand, sources said.

Notably, the Paradip police had yesterday arrested the five accused– Rakesh Chaubey and Riyasat Hussain of Jamshedpur, Muhammad Samin of Jharkhand, and Manoj Gochhayat and Shiva of Cuttack.

“The prime accused in the incident is Rakesh Chaubey of Jamshedpur. Another person identified as Riyasat Hussain of Jamshedpur hurled bombs and fired at Swain. He was assisted by Muhammad Samin of Jharkhand. Manoj Gochhayat and Shiva of Cuttack were also involved in the incident,” Central Range IG Soumendra Priyadarshi had said yesterday.

“Probe reveals that Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) is involved in hatching the murder conspiracy. Stevedoring dispute is the reason behind the incident. Investigation into the matter is on and other accused will be arrested soon,” he said.

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.

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.

Look out circulars were issued against industrialist and OSL owner Mahimananda Mishra and others named in the FIR pertaining to Mahendra Swain’s murder.