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Biranchi case: Cops face heat

The delay in apprehending the killers of Biranchi Das prompts the Orissa government to transfer eight IPS officers, including both the DCPs of Bhubaneswar, reports Soumyajit Pattnaik.
Hindustan Times | By Soumyajit Pattnaik, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2008 02:24 AM IST

The delay in apprehending the killers of Biranchi Das and allegations about a police-criminal nexus prompted the Orissa government on Friday to transfer eight IPS officers, including both the DCPs of Bhubaneswar.

The government also asked the Lok Pal to probe the alleged nexus between cops and criminals, which allegedly facilitated the killers of coach Biranchi Das to escape the police dragnet. Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner Binay Behera spoke about the nexus after the cops failed to nab prime suspect Sandeep Acharya alias Raja despite launching a massive manhunt soon after child-runner Budhia Singh’s ex-coach Biranchi was shot dead on Sunday evening.

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik immediately asked DGP Gopal C. Nanda to submit a report but the DGP refrained from naming specific officers believed to have links with criminals without any substantial


The chief minister, after going through the DGP’s report, announced on Friday that the alleged nexus would now be probed by the Lok Pal. Bolangir superintendent of police Himansu Lal has been appointed as the new DCP of Bhubaneswar. Meanwhile, a mysterious video CD with prime suspect Raja Acharya’s interview has been sent to different media houses in Bhubaneswar. The CD has strengthened the theory that coach Biranchi Das was shot dead because he tried to intervene in the dispute between gangster Raja and Oriya music video starlet Leslie Tripathy. In the CD, Acharya has named a senior IAS officer, starlet Leslie, her father and Biranchi Das for lodging false cases against him. It is not known how the CD made its way to the media houses but the gangster’s statements have been aired by Oriya television channels since Thursday night.

In the CD, prime suspect Acharya has said, “The IAS officer threatened me that he would eliminate me and my family if I continueed to bother Leslie Tripathy. Biranchi was also supporting him.” The alleged suspect further said, “I am ready to surrender only if justice is assured. If they are planning an encounter, I will never come before the police.”

The starlet, of course, had earlier denied seeking help from anyone outside the legal framework to sort out her problems with the gangster. The IAS officer has also denied any role in the matter.

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