Frustrated Rajasthan police stops search of Mohanti

Updated on May 29, 2007 10:56 PM IST
Failing to trace Orissa senior police officer B Mohanti accused of helping his son convicted of rape jump the parole; Rajasthan police team has stopped searching for the DGP.
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PTI | By, Bhubaneswar

Failing to trace Orissa senior police officer B Mohanti accused of helping his son convicted of rape jump the parole; Rajasthan police team today stopped searching for the DGP.

A four-member team of Rajasthan police had launched a search for Mohanti who had been accused of helping his son Bitihotra, convicted for raping a German woman in Rajasthan, jump the parole.

"We came to Orissa to arrest Mohanti and produce him in a Jaipur court. But Mohanti was not available either in his office or residence or in hospital though we were told that he was ill," Rajasthan police team leader Mukund Bihari said adding the Orissa police cooperated with the team in its search for Mohanti.

However, the Rajasthan Police team's two-day frantic search for the police officer in Cuttack failed to yield any result while the state government too has no information about Mohanti's whereabouts.

"We will soon chalk our next course of action after consulting seniors," said station house officer of Lalkothi police station in Jaipur, Virendra Jakhar, who is also the investigation officer in the Bitihotra escape incident.

Bitihotra jumped the parole in November last year and has gone missing since then.

Orissa's Home Secretary TK Mishra told reporters IN Bhubaneswar that the government had no information on Mohanti's whereabouts. He, however, confirmed Mohanti is on medical leave since May 27, a day before the Rajasthan police team arrived in Cuttack. LD-MOHANTI 2 LAST

Mishra said that as the senior policeman was on medical leave, he should be somewhere in the headquarters and supposed to be in the city. "In case of any other leave obtained by senior government officials, they need to inform the government regarding their possible address. But in case of medical leave, no such provision is there. Therefore, Mohanti should be in Cuttack," he said.

Cuttack Superintendent of Police SK Priyadarshi told PTI that Mohanti is a senior officer. Therefore, the city police had no information regarding his whereabouts.

"We are not supposed to keep track of Mohanti who is a DGP rank officer," he said.

The Rajasthan police team searched for Mohanti at a hospital in Buxi Bazar area and went to the DGP's office for the second time today expecting that he would be present there. "But there was no trace of him", said Mukund Bihari.

Official sources said the Rajasthan team, accompanied by personnel of Orissa police, and verified records of the hospital, which had referred Mohanti to SCB Medical College Hospital.
The team got photo copies of Mohanti's report which said that he was suffering from blood dysentery.

Meanwhile, the SCB medical college hospital authorities, in a written reply to the Rajasthan police team on Tuesday, said Mohanti had never come to the hospital for treatment since May 27. The police team had yesterday searched for Mohanti at the hospital and urged the hospital authorities to confirm whether the DGP was under treatment in the hospital.

When contacted, Mohanti's lawyer Ashok Mohanti said he too did not have any idea about Mohanti's whereabouts. "How do I know where Mohanti is? He is seriously ill after being infected by blood dysentery. Therefore, he should be undergoing treatment in some nursing home or hospital."

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