Baripada: Even three weeks after death of Paralakhemundi Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Saumya Ranjan Mohapatra due to serious burn injuries, the police are groping in dark.
Police have questioned six persons including three key accused — wife Bidyabharati Panda, Gajapati DFO Sangram Keshari Behera and cook — in connection with the alleged murder case. So far, the statements of 25 persons have been recorded, but the investigators are yet to make any revelation in the case.
Today, a team of Paralakhemundi Police with cooperation of Kaptipada Police grilled the Bidyabharati for third time at her residence at Goudagan under Kaptipada Block in Mayurbhanj district.
Source said that she was questioned nearly five hours in connection with case.
Besides, her parents were also questioned separately at the residence.
It is learnt that police are beating around the bush in the case without revealing details in the case.
“Based on data found during investigation, we questioned Bidyabharati. As the investigation is underway, we cannot disclose further details,” informed Bibekananda Swain, IO, Paralakhemundi Police.
“The case is in investigation stage,” he said adding that another person — Dibakar Mohapatra — the driver of vehicle in which Bidyabharati had returned to her residence at Goudagan following death of ACF, will be interrogated to get a lead in the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Paralakhemundi Police has given a clean chit to Gajapati DFO Sangram Keshari Behera in the alleged murder case.
The Call Details Record (CDR) Analysis indicated that the DFO had no link in the case, Gajapati SP Tapan Kumar Patnaik had told media following interrogation last month.
However, the intellectuals have raised questions over the manner the police gave clean chit to the DFO while the probe is underway.
Worth mentioning that Bidyabharati and Gajapati DFO have been named in the FIR lodged by deceased ACF’s father Abhiram Mohapatra.
The family alleged Bidyabharati of having extramarital affair with the DFO.
The young forest officer Saumya Ranjan Mohapatra died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital on July 13. He was shifted to Cuttack with burn injuries reportedly caused by a fire incident at his residential quarters in Paralakhemundi on July 12.