Cuttack, Jan. 5: Commissionerate police today arrested two persons in connection with a bus owner's murder and recovered two mausers used in the crime.
The accused have been identified as Akhaya Kumar Behera, 22, and Budia Sethi, 25, of Shankapur.
Addressing a media conference here today evening, additional deputy commissioner of police Gurudas Kundu said both the accused had fired upon Jaydev Rout, 45, from a close range, while the latter stood near his bus on Thursday near Link Road.
“Both the accused had a past rivalry with the deceased, Jaydev Rout, who had threatened the duo over bus transport operations at Badambadi,” said Kundu.
Kundu said Jaydev had threatened both the accused, who worked as hawkers (supervisors) at Badamabadi bus stand and had demanded money from them to carry out their operations.
Police sources said Akhaya and Budhia earlier worked for a criminal, Narendra Swain in 2007, who was killed by Jaydev’s brother Ishwar Rout alias Babu.
Jaydev’s younger brother Manoj has criminal antecedents with more than seven cases pending against him. More than three cases related to assault and riot are also registered against Jaydev in Badambadi and Madhupatna police station.
In a bid to take revenge, both Akhaya and Budhia conspired to kill Jaydev after he threatened them and demanded money to operate their business at Badambadi bus stand.
Ruling out any kind of ‘gang war’ between the two groups, senior police officials said it was a fallout of the ongoing business and personal enmity between the accused and the deceased.
A police source said Akhaya and Budhia along with two other accomplices had five rounds of bullets on Rout around 7.30pm. The goons had thrashed Rout’s left head with the butt of the mauser.
Rout, who had sustained three bullet injuries according to the post mortem report, was immediately rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Earlier, Rout, who was working as a supervisor at Badambadi bus stand, had recently purchased a bus and was managing its operation in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
“We have intensified patrolling during evening hours at Badambadi bus stand and we will launch a drive to check illegal activities and harassment of passengers at the hands of hawkers,” said Kundu.