Bhubaneswar: In a major breakthrough in the Manas Swain murder case, the prime accused Sarmishtha Rout’s car has been traced today.
Reportedly, the vehicle has been found parked in the garage of Sky Tower apartment near Airfield Police Station in Bhubaneswar.
It is being suspected that the cameraman Manas Swain was abducted in this particular vehicle following which she hid the car.
A special team of Chandbali police will be coming to Bhubaneswar for further inspection of the vehicle.
Meanwhile, the security guard of the apartment stated that the accused Retd OIS officer Niranjan Sethi used to visit web channel owner Sarmistha’s house at her SKY Tower apartment frequently, almost thrice a week. He also added that Sarmistha had introduced Niranjan as chairman of her organization.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Orissa High Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Sarmistha Rout and directed her to appear in a lower court within four weeks.
Later in the evening, her brother, Parmeswar Rout was arrested from Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh.
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.
Sarmistha and her associate Jhuna Bhoi, who is also allegedly involved in the case, are on the run. Police have formed four teams to trace and arrest them.