Bhubaneswar, Sept. 14: Police today solved the Bachan Sudha murder case with the arrest of security guard Dipti Ranjan Patnaik, who had been absconding since the entrepreneur was found dead at her Sabar Sahi home on September 11.
Dipti, who hails from Niali in Cuttack district, has confessed to killing Bachan Sudha, the police said.
The security guard was nabbed from an undisclosed place in the city last night. Deputy commissioner of police Nitinjeet Singh said they had arrested him after tracking his mobile phone. “The 24-year-old guard, a matriculate, has confessed to having killed Bacan Sudha. It was a premeditated crime and she was killed with the intent of robbery,” said Singh.
The police today took Dipti to the crime spot, where the accused described how he had entered the 53-year-old entrepreneur’s home and killed her.
The police have booked Dipti under sections 302 (murder), 397 (robbery with attempt to cause death) of the Indian Penal Code. He was sent to jail after a local court rejected his bail plea.
Constructing the sequence of events leading to the murder, a police officer said the security guard had entered the house around 12.30pm on September 11 through a side door. He went to the kitchen on the first floor where Bachan Sudha, who was the managing director of Madhukan Finance, was cooking. Her husband, Manucharan, was in his office when the incident occurred and their son lived separately in the city.
“Seeing Dipti entering the kitchen, the victim shouted at him. The accused grabbed her neck to silence her, but she pushed him away. A scuffle ensued. Pushed to the floor by the guard, Bachan Sudha bit his hand. That was when Dipti took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her in the neck,” said a police officer, giving details of Dipti’s confession. A profusely bleeding Bachan Sudha died on the spot.
Hearing the victim’s screams, a neighbour informed the cops, who rushed to the spot. However, by the time the cops arrived, Dipti had already fled with the deceased’s purse, which had some cash, including foreign currency. On his way to Rasulgarh Square, Dipti saw a police van. He returned to the house, washed his face, put on his uniform and threw his blood-soaked vest, the empty purse and the knife into a drain outside the house before fleeing. Later, the police seized the articles from the drain.
Singh said Dipti had taken cash worth around Rs 5,000 and some foreign currency.
An official said the accused had earlier been working with a security agency in Rajasthan before joining Rajendra Security Service in Bhubaneswar two months ago.