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Biranchi case: suspect brought to city

Sandeep Acharya , the key accused in judo coach Biranchi Das murder case, has been brought to Bhubaneswar by Orissa Police amidst heavy security.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2008 01:13 PM IST

Two days after his arrest in Goa, Sandeep Acharya alias Raja, the key accused in judo coach Biranchi Das murder case, was brought to Bhubaneswar on Wednesday by Orissa Police amidst heavy security.

The gangster was flown in by a five-member team headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Suresh Mohapatra which had gone to Panaji to bring him, police sources said.

After his arrival, Raja was taken to an undisclosed place from the airport, where police personnel in strength had been deployed in a bid to prevent any untoward incident apparently in view of the criminal background of the accused, the sources said.

As the gangster was heard shouting names of senior IAS officer Priyabrata Patnaik and album artist Leslie Tripathy, his face was immediately covered with a piece of cloth by the policemen to stop him.

Arrested co-accused Chagala had also named Patnaik.

Lesli Tripathy has said she had sought Patnaik's help to get rid of Rana who was allegedly pressurising her to marry him. Patnaik was removed from office on April 29 by the state government following his admission that he had met Acharya about a month before the murder.

Raja, who was on the run since the April 13 killing of Biranchi Das, former trainer of child marathon runner Budhia Singh, is expected to be produced before a court shortly. The gangster was brought from Panaji on a transit remand.

Raja faces nearly three dozen cases of varied nature and is likely to undergo lie detection and narco analysis tests, the sources said.

He had been arrested in Panaji on May five and his statements recorded by Goa Police.

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