Naba Das Murder Probe Would Take Time To Complete: Odisha DGP

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Sunil Bansal Friday opened up on the probe into minister Naba Das’s murder.

The DGP said the investigation would take time to complete in such a sensitive case which is going on under the direct supervision of a high court judge.

“The reason can’t be revealed in three to four days. It will take time. We have sought cooperation from the Centre which has pledged all help. A team of experts from CFSL may join the investigation soon,” he said.

Local police officers have been transferred to bring transparency in the investigation, Bansal said, adding measures are being taken to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.

On the other hand, three separate teams have launched investigations into the gruesome murder of a powerful minister. One team has camped in Jharsuguda while another is trying to extract information from the family members of accused Gopal Das.

Gopal, an ASI of police had allegedly shot the minister dead by his service pistol. The incident occurred while the Minister got out of his car to attend a party programme in Brajrajnagar. The accused cop was immediately overpowered by fellow policemen and taken to Jharsugda police station where he threw some handwritten notes into the latrine tank.

On the information, the Crime Branch has retrieved the torn handwritten notes believed to be of Gopal from the septic tank and seized them for forensic examination.

The murder of the minister by a police officer triggered a political slugfest with Opposition BJP and Congress alleging deep-rooted conspiracy behind the high-profile crime.

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