14 February 2020
Bhubaneswar: Former MLA Anup Sai who arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police on Thursday was forwarded to the court and sent to judicial custody today. He has been booked under several serious charges including murder. According to Raighar SP Santosh Kumar Singh, Sai confessed to having killed Kalpana Das and her minor daughter brutally during the interrogation.
Addressing media persons, Singh said that the motive behind this heinous crime was an illicit relationship between Sai and Das which went wayward. “They were living at Sundarpada in Bhubaneswar for five years (2011-2016). The lady on many occasions requested Sai to legalize their relationship. But, Sai was reluctant about marriage and subsequently hatched a plot to eliminate the mother-daughter duo,” said Singh.
The Chakradharnagar Police had discovered bodies of a woman and a minor girl at Hamirpur road near Plant number 7 and had lodged a suo moto case under IPC section 302 on May 7, 2016.
Singh said, “While prima facie it appeared to be an accident, detailed investigation and post mortem reports revealed that the duo was first attacked with a blunt, hard object and then a vehicle was run over them.”
“The deceased duo remained unidentified for over a year but we did send out their pictures to neighbouring states of Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand. One of the deceased’s relative worked for Odisha police recognized the pictures and contacted us. Our investigation picked up the pace and we gradually zeroed in on the accused Anup Sai,” added SP Singh.
He also said that they were keeping an eye on Sai for the past six months before arresting him. During interrogation, Sai confessed to having committed the murders. His close aide cum driver Barman Toppo used an iron rod to kill Das and her daughter. Later Sai instructed him to run an SUV over the bodies to conceal their identities. Toppo is still absconding.
Ex-MLA Anup Sai has been forwarded to court, informed SP Singh. After his arrest, Sai was expelled from BJD and removed from the chairmanship of Odisha State Warehousing Corporation (OSWC) by BJD Supremo cum Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.