Cuttack: The High Court on Saturday quashed interim protection plea of Orissa Stevedores Limited (OSL) owner Mahimananda Mishra in connection with murder case of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Pvt Ltd General Manager Mahendra Swain.
The decision by the apex court of state has mounted pressure on the industrialist as his four other associates have also been denied interim protection in the case.
Earlier on December 1 Mahima’s son Charchit surrendered his weapons at Darghaa Bazaar Police Station including some guns and about 27 rounds of bullets before the police after the Commissionerate Police had cancelled the licenses of the guns on November 23.
As per information, some unidentified miscreants opened fire at Seaways GM Mahendra Swain at Madhuban colony in Paradip. Mahima whose OSL company wanted to minimise SSL’s impact on Paradip port both being stevedoring competitors. OSL lost an important contract from Jindal to the SSL and this had led to development of enmity between both, sources said.
After the murder of Swain, his family accused that it was a preplanned attack by OSL chief Mahima Mishra.
As many as six persons including Rakesh Choubey, labour union leader and Congress strongman Bapi Sarkhel have been arrested in the case.