Odisha News:- The deceased’s wife accused two cabinet members of being complicit in the kidnapping and murder of cameraman Manas Swain on Tuesday, a day after former Odisha Information Service (OIS) official Niranjan Sethi was detained in connection with the kidnapping and murder of the cameraman. While one minister stated that the law of the land will take its course, the other minister stayed silent about the deceased’s wife Yamuna’s accusation.
She said that her spouse was in possession of a memory chip containing video recordings of ministers’ “criminal actions.” Yamuna made the remark after a photo of the two ministers, as well as Sharmishta Rout, the major accused and proprietor of a web channel who has been missing since the murder, surfaced.
Rout, according to Yamuna, was keen to get his hands on the memory chip. “They killed Manas because they were afraid of being discovered,” says the narrator “she said
She asked that the contents of the chip be made public and that all of the defendants be detained. “If no action is done, I will commit suicide in front of the CM’s house,” he warned “she stated
When Sethi was absconding, police stated she contacted Rout up to 30 times a day. He’s currently being held at the Bhadrak Sub-Jail to cool his heels. Only after the arrest of the main suspect can he be remanded for further investigation, according to Bhadrak SP C S Meena.
The two ministers mentioned by the dead cameraman’s wife were also engaged in the kidnapping and murder of a 24-year-old woman teacher in Kalahandi district, as well as the double murder in Mahanga in Cuttack district, according to the opposition Congress and BJP. Rout, who has been on the run since the shooting of the cameraman, has been tracked down by two independent police teams.
Rout’s brother was apprehended in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, throughout the day. Bhadrak ASP Jatin Panda claimed that raids were also carried out to apprehend Rout. Rout was denied anticipatory relief by the Orissa High Court last week. On March 16, Justice S K Sahoo dismissed her anticipatory bail application after police informed the court that the kidnapping case had evolved into a murder case, with Rout as the main suspect.
The police also informed the court that three persons have been detained so far, including the retired OIS officer, and that a manhunt has been initiated for Rout. While not inclined to grant anticipatory bail in this instance involving a murder, the high court stated that if the petitioner surrenders within four weeks and asks for bail, the lower court shall dispose of the bail application as quickly as practicable in conformity with law.
Manas Swain, a 28-year-old Bhadrak resident, went missing on February 7 and his body was discovered on March 12 in the Nayagarh district. Three persons were detained on the same day in Nayagarh, confessing to the police that they murdered Swain at Rout’s request. Rout filed an application for advance bail with the high court on March 13, which was recorded on March 14 and hearing on March 15, Odisha News.