Bhubaneswar: Though police were yet to solve the mystery surrounding the death of Chittaranjan Palei, personal security guard of BJD leader and deputy chairman of State Planning Board Sanjay Das Burma, the deceased’s family members have alleged that he was murdered over an issue related to repayment of borrowed money.
As per the kin of Chittaranjan, his friend Jagannath Sarangi alias Jaga had borrowed Rs 3 lakh from him but was refusing to repay the amount. Jaga has killed Chittaranjan over the issue, they alleged.
Odisha DGP Abhay today directed the Crime Branch to take over the investigation of the case, which has been registered by the Puri Sadar police.
Family members of the deceased had yesterday met Puri SP Kanwar Vishal Singh and demanded a Crime Branch probe into the matter. Das Burma along with Chittaranjan’s father, uncle, brother and sister met the police official with a demand of stringent action against the accused.
Das Burma also held discussion with the SP and urged the police official for proper investigation into the case.
However, Chittaranjan’s wife had alleged the involvement of Das Burma in the suspected murder.
Body of Chittaranjan was found floating in Nuanai river under Sadar Police limits in Puri district on December 13. A native of Sanabandhakera village under Brahmagiri police limits in Puri district, Chittaranjan went missing on December 10 night.
His family members lodged a complaint with police on December 11 stating that Chittaranjan had gone to attend a feast organised by Jaga at Matiapada on the fateful night, but did not return home.
The body bore several injury marks, for which his kin alleged that it was a case of murder.