Paralakhemundi ACF’s Death: Gajapati Police Gives Clean Chit To DFO

Bhubaneswar: Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Paralakhemundi, Sangram Keshari Behera, who is one of the accused in the death case of Paralakhemundi Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Soumya Ranjan Mohapatra, was given a clean chit by the Gajapati Superintendent of Police on Friday.

Following a marathon interrogation of Behera by the Gajapati Police, SP Tapan Kumar Patnaik said, “During questioning, the DFO said that he has no relationship with Bidya Bharati (Soumya’s wife). We have also analysed the Call Detail Records (CDR) of the DFO. As per the CDR analysis so far, we concluded that he has no link with Bidya Bharati or the ACF’s cook Manmath Kamba.”

The officer-in-charge of Gurandi police station Mamata Panda, the Cluster Manager of the 108 ambulance, and other forest staff were also questioned in connection with the case.

It is worthwhile to mention that Soumya had been rescued in a half-charred condition from his official residence on the night of July 11 and admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital. From there he was taken to SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack.

He was again shifted to a private hospital in Cuttack, where he breathed his last while undergoing treatment on July 13.

Following it, Soumya’s father Abhiram Mohapatra filed a complaint with Parlakhemundi police alleging his son was killed by his daughter-in-law Bidya Bharati in connivance with Paralakhemundi DFO Behera and cook Manmath Kamba.

Abhiram stated in the complaint that Soumya used to tell him about illicit relations of his wife with the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO).

Tapan Kumar Patnayak, SP, Gajapati