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The three are Rabi Pradhan(45), Shankar Sahu (43) and Bira Das (35). Chinmaya’s body was found at Alind Chowk under Hirakud police limits on March 1. Subsequently, a murder case was registered.
After failing to make any headway into the murder case for over two months, police zeroed in on footage of the CCTV installed on the premises of Hindalco Industries Limited (HIL) at Alind Chowk. On examination of the footage, police spotted Pradhan and Sahu disposing the body of Chinmaya.
Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty said Chinmaya had an illicit relationship with Pradhan’s wife. Apparently, Pradhan has 21 criminal cases pending against him in different police stations and runs a restaurant in Hirakud town. He had procured a firearm and three ammunitions from Bira of Cheruapara in Sambalpur on February 25 which was used in the murder.
On the fateful day, Chinmaya had gone to Subash Ground in Hirakud town to watch a football match. When he received a call from Pradhan’s wife who runs a bus ticket booking counter in the town, Chinmaya rushed to her. Suspecting some foul play, Pradhan followed him to the counter and later found his wife and Chinmaya in a compromising position. Infuriated, Pradhan attacked them with the firearm injuring his wife on her head and killing Chinmaya on the spot.
After the murder, Pradhan sought help of Sahu who worked in his restaurant and they took the body in a motorcycle to dispose it at Chowk. Pradhan then returned the firearm to Bira who was also arrested later.
Three people were taken into custody by hirakud police in Chinmaya murder case. They seemed to be from one family. Chinmaya murder case is a love matter, police doubt. Police submit the charge sheet against the the culprits.
Close on the heels of the boat tragedy at Hirakud that claimed 31 lives, another tragedy was averted when a country boat ferrying people from Sambalpur to Mundo Ghat across river Mahanadi capsized after being caught in a strong gale on Tuesday. However all the passengers had a narrow escape and were rescued.
Ironically, the incident exposed the failure of the district administration to learn from past mistakes and the boat had been ferrying people illegally despite the State Government putting a blanket ban on boat services.
Reports said there were 12 persons, including five women in the country boat when the boat capsized in river Mahanadi on the downstream of Hirakud dam on Tuesday. The people had boarded the boat at Badbazar Ghat in Sambalpur town and were supposed to get down at Mundo Ghat across the river.
Boatman Upendra Singh said they were very close from the bank of Mundo Ghat when the gale led the boat hit a rock overturning it. While some of the passengers swam to the rocky island in the river to safety, the boatman also rescued at least five persons to safety. Sambalpur Additional District Magistrate, Jyoti Kumar Lakra, who had also rushed to the spot said all the passengers on board were rescued.
Badbazar Ghat, where the people boarded the boat comes under the jurisdiction of Sambalpur Municipality though Executive Officer of the Sambalpur Municipality, Aniruddha Padhan said the boat was ferrying people illegally.
Hirakud police has no clue about the chinmaya murderer even after the incedent happend 2 days back. Still they are trying to find out the culprits.
Chinmaya Nayak aged 25 year, Hindalco FRP employee was killed by bullet fired by some unknown person. He was the 2nd son of Ravi Narayana Nayak of Gandhinagar area. By profession, he was working as electrician in Hindalco FRP.
On 28th Febuary, he was watching football match with his friend Poonam Bahadur in Subhash Playground, around 4PM, for answering a phone call he stay out from the playground to somewhere.
On 1st March morning, Local people found the dead body of Chinmaya Nayak at Alindchwock. On that day, locals were blocking roads and lunched a FIR at Hirakud Polic station.
One more boatman and owner of the boat which capsized in the Hirakud dam reservoir claiming 31 lives, were arrested by Sambalpur police on Saturday.
Police had been on the lookout for the two ever since the incident took place on February 9. The boat owner was identified as Satyanand Pandey of Jagannath Mandir Colony in Sambalpur town and the boatman Anjan Parua belongs to Sianpali village under Banharpali police limits in Jharsuguda district. They were forwarded to court.
Pandey said he had requisite permission from Inland Water Transport (IWT) under Directorate of Ports and Inland Water Transport, Chandbali, by virtue of which he was operating boat service. However, he said the Dhankauda panchayat samiti had not auctioned the Sonutikra ghat where people boarded and landed and was sure to bag the auction as he has been operating the service since last 11 years.
He revealed that majority of the men who were on board the boat were drunk and did not pay heed to the request of the boatmen and crowded the boat.
He said while they were ferried in groups while going on onward journey, all boarded the boat at a single go on their return journey.
The capacity of the boat was to ferry 100 persons, but more than 140 boarded forcibly.
Moreover, they panicked and rushed to one side of the boat on seeing the rescue boat approach which resulted in the large number of casualty. Similarly, boatman Anjan Parua said they requested the picnickers not to board the boat together and assured that they would be ferried in groups. “But they intimidated and threatened us,” he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, boatman Akshya Rana of Sonutikra village under Sason police limits of the district was arrested near Sambalpur on the charges of rash navigation of the vessel.