Berhampur: Odisha police today arrested five more accused involved in the brutal murder of Chhatrapur Councilor Laxmidutta Pradhan.
The accused have been identified as Prashant Behera, Sanjay Gaud, Chiku alias Ayushman Mohapatra, Santosh Sethi and Banoj Nayak.
All the five accused arrested today were part of the group that had brutally hacked Laxmiduttta to death outside his house on September 16, said Ganjam SP Asish Singh addressing a press conference.
We will apply to take all the five accused on a five-day remand to bring forth more information regarding the involvement of other accused in planning, financing and execution of the crime, Singh added.
The group had earlier attempted to kill Laxmidutta two-three times but did not succeed, he informed
The total arrest in connection with the murder rose to 13 with this fresh arrest today.
CCTV footage recovered from the spot revealed that all these five were present on the spot and their involvement, attacking Laxmidutta, was captured on CCTV.
Earlier, police on September 22 had arrested eight miscreants involved in the murder of the late councilor from ward no 6.