Manish Anurag death case: Commissionerate Police arrests 3 accused

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police has arrested three accused in connection with the mysterious death case of Manish Anurag Das today. The three accused, identified as Amrit Biswal, Mrutyunjay Mishra and Dinesh Kumar Mohapatra, have been arrested on charges of Manish’s murder and destroying the relevant evidences, informed Deputy Commissioners of Police (D.C.P) Bhubaneswar Umashankar Das.

He said that Manish had gone along with Amrit, Mrutyunjay and Dinesh to Laxmi Sagar area at 5.30 pm on the fateful day following which they went to the hotel in Patrapada early next morning. “Although Mrutyunjay and Dinesh are friends of Amrit, we are still investigating regarding their direct link with Manish”, he added.

As per the investigation report, an argument over the bill payment of Rs 35,000 took place between the deceased and three accused inside Hotel South City and later also outside the building. The accused attacked Manish in a fit of rage which led to his death. Thereafter, they dumped Manish’s body in the pond with an intention to destroy the evidence.

“Manish’s mobile phone has not yet been found. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for his post mortem report for further detailed information,” said DCP Das. He added that there an eye witness has also given the statement that the three accused were seen in wet clothes near the crime spot.

A case has been filed against Amrit, Mrutyunjay and Dinesh under sections 364(A), 302, 201, 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). All the three accused will be brought to remand and will be forwarded to the court today.

The investigations into the matter is still underway to ascertain all other angles of the crime.

Earlier on October 13, Mrutyunjay and Dinesh surrendered at Phulbani police station in Kandhamal district while Amrit who allegedly accompanied Manish in a car was detained. The Commissionerate Police took custody of them and brought them to Bhubaneswar. Prior to that, the CCTV footage of Manish surfaced where he was seen walking out of South City hotel. The footage was said to be captured a few hours before his death.

It is pertinent to mention that Manish was found floating in Namrakani pond at Patrapada in Bhubaneswar. He is the elder son of senior journalist Navin Das. The Tomando police team along with Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash and scientific team had reached the spot and initiated an investigation into the matter.

The cops rushed the body to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar for post-mortem procedure. The samples for Viscera and Diatom tests have been sent. On the other hand, Commissionerate Police has sealed the South City hotel for investigation of the case for violating Covid norms. Thereafter, the post mortem report revealed that he lost his life due to suffocation, informed PRO, Bhubaneswar AIIMS. No external injuries were found on his body.

The car which was allegedly used to kidnap Manish has also been seized by the police from the outskirts of capital city.

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