Jasobant Parida murder case: Key conspirator Subash Khuntia arrested

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Dhenkanal: In a major breakthrough in the murder case of Dhenkanal BJD youth wing president Jasobant Parida, the Kamakhyanagar police today arrested another accused.

The accused identified as Subash Khuntia, a close aide of Rakesh Nath-the prime accused behind the killing was nabbed from Kainbila village at Kamakhyanagar in the district with seizure of a mobile phone from his possession.

Earlier, police had arrested eight persons including the key conspirator Rakesh on April 5. While two of the accused were arrested from West Bengal, six others were nabbed from Talcher in Angul district and Begunia in Khurda district.

During interrogation, it was revealed that Khuntia had informed the contract killers about the whereabouts of Parida.

According to police, Rakesh was involved in tender fixing and extorting money from a construction company in the area. Being a local public representative, Parida intervened into the matter following which the company stopped paying Rakesh.

The matter took an ugly turn after Rakesh’s father, who worked in the same company was ousted from his job. Fumed over the incident, Rakesh along with his associates plotted a master plan to kill Parida and hired some contract killers.

On March 25, while Parida was in his car, a group of miscreants came in an SUV and hurled eight bombs at his vehicle. As Parida ran out of his vehicle to save his life, the armed assailants fired five rounds of bullets injuring him critically. Parida who sustained bullet injuries on his head, was rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where doctors declared him brought dead.

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