Bhubaneswar: A day after the Odisha Crime Branch took over the cameraman Manas Swain murder case, a five membered team discussed the whole sensational matter with Bhadrak SP under the leadership of DSP Kalpana Sahu and collected the information.
Reportedly, after this meeting the five-membered team of Crime Branch headed to Chandbali while another team will go outside Odisha to nab the prime accused Sarmishtha Rout and her her associate Jhuna Bhoi.
Meanwhile, Rout’s car has been seized, and a raid was conducted at her house as well as office following which her workplace has been sealed by the officials. Several important documents along with a hard disk has also been seized, added reports.
On the other hand, the bail plea of Sarmistha’s brother Parmeswar Rout has been rejected by Chandbali JMFC court followinh which he has been taken into a 14-days remand.
Earlier on Wednesday, the police team found parked in the garage of Sky Tower apartment near Airfield Police Station in Bhubaneswar. Thereafter they broke the window glass of the vehicle and seized several documents from inside.
The Orissa High Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Sarmistha Rout and directed her to appear in a lower court within four weeks on Tuesday.
Notably, Manas Swain was working as the cameraman of the web-channel owned by Sarmistha. His family members filed a missing report with Chandbali police on February 14 following which the cops registered a case under sections 373 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Prior to that on February 6, Swain travelled to Palaspur village of Bhadrak for video-recording of a marriage function and was enroute to Bhubaneswar the next morning when three people abducted him, said police. The deceased was in possession of some controversial videos and photos in a chip that Sarmishtha wanted him to hand over to her.
Sources further added that he was taken to an Ashram on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, owned by Sarmistha, and killed. The missing case turned into a murder case on March 12 after Manas Swain’s body was unearthed from a paddy field in Nayagarh district with the help of Bhagyadhar Nayak, Bebek Nayak, and Krushna Chandra Nayak.