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Sahu murder probe begins

Balangir, Dec. 17: The four-member Crime Branch team today began its probe into the murder of Biju Youth Janata Dal leader of Titilagarh Abhimanyu Sahu.

The team today visited the spot in Bandupala near Titilagarh where the assailants allegedly killed Sahu.

The team inspected the place and examined the circumstantial evidence.

The Crime Branch team also spoke to the people who had shifted the deceased leader from the spot to the hospital.

They also spoke to the wife and family members of the deceased. The team specifically sought to know from the family members whether professional rivalry related to contract works or political reason led to the killing.

The team also examined the CCTV camera footage, which was available from a nearby hotel. The footage showed a jeep, a car and a bike at the spot while Sahu was on his daily morning walk. The footage may provide some clue to the killing of the popular leader.

Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra today claimed that circumstantial evidence indicated that infighting within the party had led to the murder.

Without naming anyone, he hinted at the BJD leadership in the district to be behind the killing of the budding youth leader.

“The circumstantial evidence of the crime strongly points to involvement of a top BJD leader, who is close to the chief minister. It will not be proper to name anyone. But, people should understand who I am referring to,” Mishra, an eminent lawyer, said.

A former law minister, Mishra also said that the Crime Branch probe would not help a solution to the case.

“Time and again, we have seen here in Balangir that Crime Branch probes have not helped. I demand a CBI inquiry into the killing of the BJD leader,” he said.