Bhubaneswar: While announcing the arrest of Bibekanand alias Biban Biswal, prime accused in the 1999 gang-rape case, Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi addressed him as a ‘beast’. “This crime was a beastly act and I had made up my mind to trace this person even if he was holed up in Paatal (the netherworld),” said Sarangi on Monday.
Now that the Commissionerate of Police and the CBI are steeling themselves to build a watertight prosecution against Biban, his wife denied having any contact with the absconder for the past two decades.
A day after his arrest, media persons and crew thronged Naranpur village under Barang police limits, striving to get her reactions on Biban’s arrest. “My husband has had no contact with family, relatives or the village for the past 22 years. This is all a big lie,” she said.
“I have been toiling day in and day out for the past 22 years struggling for survival amid ignominy. Please spare me,” she added. Biban’s wife said her children had applied for the death certificate of her father-in-law.
“There is a piece of land left with us and my children wanted to sell it off. To do this, they need a death certificate. My children never applied for the death certificate of their father (Biban Biswal),” she added.
Way back in the late 90s, Biban used to flaunt his rowdy lifestyle in Barang and adjoining areas in Twin City. The Police Commissioner said he used to be addressed as BK or ‘Barang King’, by his protégés.
“We were quite sure that someone who had earned this moniker could not sit back silently in seclusion. He would surely be in contact with the area where he was once called King,” Sarangi said on Monday.
The operation to nab Biban started three months back and was named ‘Silent Viper’. “He was a viper (snake) which was into hibernation,” the CP added.