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Chargesheet filed in Biranchi murder case

Four months after the sensational killing of judo coach Biranchi Das in Bhubaneswar, police have filed chargesheet against two accused, including gangster Sandeep Acharya alias Raja.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2008 16:23 IST

Four months after the sensational killing of judo coach Biranchi Das in Bhubaneswar, police have filed chargesheet against two accused, including gangster Sandeep Acharya alias Raja.

"We have evidence to prove Raja and his aide Akshya Behera alias Chagala's involvement in the murder case," Commissioner of Police B K Sharma told PTI.

It took four months to collect evidence against the accused and charges were levelled for murder, criminal conspiracy and other offences under the IPC and the Arms Act, 1959, he said.

Though the police did not reveal whether they seized the weapon of offence, the chargesheet described details of the incident showing how Raja and Chagala executed the killing.

Besides a voice recording, police had evidence to prove allegations against the gangster, a senior police officer said adding a recording of a conversation between Raja and model Bidusmita could prove the gangster's involvement.

Sources said while Raja did not confess to have been involved in the killing, his associate Chagala's statements both before the police and the court, were considered to be strong evidence of their involvement.

Chagala had named Raja as the prime accused in the cold blooded murder of Biranchi, the former coach of child marathon runner Budhia Singh, which took place on the evening of April 13.

Immediately after the incident, both Raja and Chagala had fled the city. While Chagala was arrested from Bhopal, Raja had surrendered before the police at Goa in May.

The sensational murder had led to revamping of the entire police set up in the city with cops being transferred or suspended on the charge of helping the criminal or failing to handle the case properly.