CB gets 4-day remand of Astaranga murder accused

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nimapada, Oct 10:

A local court here today allowed the Crime Branch (CB) to take the couple, accused in Astaranga quadruple murder case, on a four-day remand for interrogation. The couple was produced before the judge this afternoon amid tight security.

Crime Branch police at the crime scene in Astaranga.
Crime Branch sleuths at the crime scene in Astaranga.

The investigating agency today moved the Judicial Magistrate-First Class (JMFC) court seeking remand of the accused duo who have been arrested from an Assam village recently.

Earlier, the couple was taken to the crime spot at Dinadiyan village under Astaranga block of Puri district. They were taken to the residence of Dinabandhu Mallick to recreate the crime scene, know the exact sequence of events and other aspects related to the murders.

Six platoons of security personnel were deployed at Dinadiyan village to maintain law and order there. Additional Superintendent of Police, DSP and other senior police officials are camping at the village to thwart any untoward incident. Thousands of curious villagers jostled to have a glimpse at the accused couple, but the duo was frisked away from the onlookers’ sight to avoid ruckus.

The murder weapons used in the crime – two knives – were seized from slain Mallick’s house. The blood-stained sharp weapons were hidden inside the house itself. They were procured from Madhya Pradesh. They were seized in the presence of two witnesses and would be sent for forensic examination, CB sources said.

Mallick’s motorcycle, which the couple used to flee the scene after committing the crime, was recovered from Bhubaneswar. However, Mallick’s mobile phone taken away by the couple was recovered from Silchar in Assam, the sources added.

The accused couple was identified as Himadri Sekhar Das alias Rahim Khan and Ayesha Begum. Himadri converted to Islam after marrying Ayesha. They are from Chhattisgarh and were staying in Raipur. While Das is originally a native of West Midnapore in Bengal, Ayesha is a native of Champa near Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. The couple was known to the Mallicks through a relative.

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