From Bhubaneswar: In a new twist to former Biju Janata Dal lagislator Jagabandhu Majhi’s sensational murder, his mother has accused his successor and sitting legislator of the same party of plotting the murder.
In a written complaint to the Umerkote police station late Thursday night, 11 months after the murder, Gaurimani Majhi alleged that Subash Gond, Majhi’s successor in Umerkote assembly constituency in Nabarangpur district, hatched a conspiracy to kill Majhi to become the MLA himself.
Talking to Hindustan Times on Friday, Nabarangpur SP BK Ray admitted of receiving Majhi’s mother’s complaint, but said they could not lodged an FIR its basis as it was not a new case. “The case is already under investigation by the state crime branch. However, as it is a new development related to the case, we have informed about it to the crime branch,” Ray said.
The Congress demanded a probe into the incident after the allegation by Majhi’s mother.
Refuting the allegations by Majhi’s mother, Gond said he had been Majhi’s close associate for 14 years till his death. “I was like his younger brother and lived in their house but left it after Majhi’s elder brother harassed me following his death. People of Umerkote know what was my relations with Majhi,” he told reporters here.
Jagabandhu Majhi (39), the then MLA from Umerkote, about 500 km southwest of Bhubaneswar, was shot dead on September 24, 2011 along with a personal security officer by three unidentified persons at a public function in an area in the district neighbouring Chhatisgarh.
Few days later, the CPI (Maoist) issued a statement owning responsibility of his murder. The state crime branch also confirmed the Maoist claim.
The BJD chose Gond as the party candidate in the by-election which was held in November 2011. Interestingly, party sources said, after Majhi’s death, his mother had pleaded the party leadership to give the ticket to Gond as he was “like her son.”