Berhampur, Jan 30 (LocalWire) Police have issued notice to two senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) state unit to examine them in connection with the murder of ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD)’s youth wing leader at Chhatrapur in Ganjam district, two years ago.
The notice was issued to spokesperson Golak Mohapatra and general secretary Bhrugu Boxipatra of the saffron party’s state unit on January 28 to visit Chhatrapur police station.
While police asked Golak Mohapatra to attend the police station on February 7, they have directed Boxipatra to attend on February 9, sources said.
“It’s a part of the investigation. They were issued notice for allegedly harboring the criminals in the murder case of BJD leader Laxmidutta Pradhan,” said Chhatrapur sub divisional police officer Ramesh Chandra Sethi.
However, both the BJP leaders on Wednesday denied receiving any such notices from Ganjam police.
“I have not received any such letter,” said Mohapatra.
“Police had initiated chargesheet in this case long ago. I was never approached by the cops in the past. I am surprised that my name has cropped up in the case” said Boxipatra.
Earlier police had examined Golak Mohapatra in October 2017 in connection with giving shelter to the prime accused in murder of Laxmidutta Pradhan on September 17, 2017.
Laxmidutta was the BJD’s councillor in NAC Chhatrapur.
As many as 18 people, including BJP’s Ganjam district unit secretary Krushna Chandra Nayak and Laxmipur panchayat samiti member N. Duryodhan
Reddy, were arrested in this case.
Reddy and Nayak were the alleged mastermind in the case. They were arrested from Derhadun in Uttarakhand on October 28, 2017.
Mohapatra and Boxipatra had allegedly helped them to take shelter in Uttarakhand, police said.