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Accused says he wants to surrender

A CD quoting Raja Acharya, the prime accused in the murder of the coach of child marathon runner Budhia Singh, says he wants to surrender.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2008 11:43 PM IST

As the police is frantically searching for Raja Acharya, prime accused in the murder of Biranchi Das, a CD quoting the gangster has said he would like to surrender.

However, Raja, alias Sandeep, said in the CD, widely in circulation, that he would "prefer to surrender before DGP Gopal Chandra Nanda" as he had no faith in the police in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The CD, which appeared to have been recorded before Das' killing on April 13 and distributed in a section of the media in Bhubaneswar, showed the gangster, saying that he was threatened by the five people, including the IAS officer, father of album artist Lesli Tripathy and others.

Not having any reference to the Das killing, the gangster claimed that he would get 'furious' if the police meted out injustice to him at the instruction of the said IAS officer.

The gangster against whom at least 35 criminal cases including murder, extortion and dacoity were registered at different police stations, said he was not into any 'unjustified activities.'

"My brother was asked to attend a meeting at judo hall where Biranchi Das stayed," he said

When contacted, the DGP told PTI that he was aware of the circulation of the CD.

The gangster was free to surrender anywhere in the state, Nanda said replying to a query, adding "the police will certainly do justice".

The police force had been after him and would try to nab him, he said.

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