Paralakhemundi ACF Death Case: Police Quizzes Wife Bidyabharati

Udala (Mayurbhanj): A four-member police team led by Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) of  Parlakhemundi police station today grilled Bidyabharati Panda, the widow of deceased Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Soumya Ranjan Mohapatra, and her parents at their residence at Goudagaon village in Mayubhanj district.

The four-member police team led by Paralakhemundi IIC Bibekananda Swain interrogated Bidyabharati and her family members for about four hours.

While the ACF’s death remains shrouded in mystery even after a lapse of 22 days since he died on July 13, the police appear to be groping in the dark.

“We had some information on the basis of that we interrogated Bidyabharati. We cannot disclose anything since the investigation is underway,” informed Paralakhemundi IIC  Bibekananda Swain to reporters today.

Swain said that police will also interrogate the driver of the vehicle who had driven Bidyabharati to her home on the day of Soumya Ranjan’s death.

The police had grilled Bidyabharati and her parents earlier.

It may be mentioned here that Saumya Ranjan was rescued in a critical condition with severe burns from his official quarters in Parlakhemundi on July 12.

He succumbed to his injuries on July 13 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Cuttack while undergoing treatment.

The report of the autopsy of Saumya Ranjan’s body by the Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology (FM&T), SCB Medical College & Hospital states that the death of the officer was caused due to 95% burn injuries.

However, his father and other family members have alleged it to be a case of murder with the involvement of the deceased’s wife Bidyabharati, Gajapati DFO Sangram Keshari Behera and his cook.


Bibekananda Swain, IIC, Paralakhemundi PS