Jharsuguda: Merely four days after Rural Development Department’s Executive Engineer Manoranjan Patnaik was abducted from his official residence in Jharsuguda and later rescued from Kesinga, police have arrested eight persons in this connection.
The arrestees, including seven abductors and the person who had bought the stolen golden chain of Patnaik, were nabbed from Bhawanipatna of Kalahandi district and Muribahal and Titilagarh of Balangir district.
They are Siba Tandi (26), Pankaj Bag (22), Lalit Tandi (25), Bulu Manhira (26), Prakash Mahakud (23), Niranjan Achari (22), Tofan Tandi (20) and Sanjay Soni.
During interrogation, the abductors revealed that the mastermind of the plan is a Class-IV employee at the office of the Executive Engineer identified as Rabi Tandi. Patnaik had taken action against him for being absent on duty for days without notice.
Rabi’s sons Siba Tandi and Tofan Tandi had framed a plan to kidnap the Executive Engineer and executed it with the help of some friends.
Under the supervision of Jharsuguda SP Rahul P.R., a police team led by SDPO Kailash Chandra Acharya with Town Police Station IIC Sabitri Bal nabbed the accused. Police also seized a Bolero vehicle, gold chain, revolver, nine mobile phones and various sharp weapons from their possession.
It is worthwhile to mention that on late Tuesday night, miscreants had broken into the official residence of Patnaik in Jharsuguda and had looted him of Rs 4000 and a gold chain at gunpoint and demanded Rs 3 lakh from him.
However, Patnaik did not have that much money with him, so the miscreants forced him to sign a cheque and took him to Kesinga in Kalahandi district via Sambalpur in a white Bolero to assist in withdrawing the money.
After reaching Kesinga the abductors told Patnaik to arrange for Rs 3 lakh cash with help of someone. The Executive Engineer called one Nibas Pradhan and asked him to bring the money.
However, due to the delay in the arrival of Nibas to Kesinga, the abductors feared being caught by cops and therefore dropped Patnaik at a secluded place in Utkela near Kesinga and fled from the spot.