BHUBANESWAR: With mystery shrouding over the death of a popular Odia actor, the family members on Monday sought a probe into the death of Odia actor and choreographer Ranjit Pattnaik alias Raja suspecting that he may have been murdered.
Amiya Pattnaik, the uncle of Raja, alleged that he suspects that his nephew has been murdered as the co-passengers who had accompanied Raja to an event in Bhadrak district on Saturday night were missing from the scene.
“I suspect that Raja has died in an accident. I didn’t know that he had gone to Bhadrak. He was accompanied by an actress and two others. Raja’s mother got a call at around 5 am yesterday that her son has met with an accident, and they are taking him to SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment,” said Amiya Pattnaik, uncle of Raja.
He said the caller had made the call from Raja’s mobile phone asking them to come to the hospital.
“After reaching the hospital, I came to know that he was referred to the hospital in a 108 ambulance from Bhadrak district headquarters hospital. There was nobody near the body which aggravates my suspicion. The body was lying in the verandah of the casualty ward like an unclaimed body. Those who had admitted him to the hospital should have been present beside his body,” he added.
On the other hand, the television actress, who had accompanied Raja to the event at Taranga in Jamujhadi area under Simulia block, claimed that she came to know about the incident from the driver that Ranjit had fallen into a ditch.
Actress Jessy, Pralay and driver had accompanied Ranjit to the event. They were invited as guests to a theatre “Kalinga Kanya” on Saturday night.
Jessy said, “We returned from the programme at around 2 am. While we were moving towards Bhubaneswar, Raja asked to stop the car to pass urine. He alighted and didn’t return for quite some time. When I asked the driver and Pralay, they told me not to worry. In the meantime, an ambulance reached there and took him to Bhadrak hospital where his fractured hands were plastered.”
She said that Raja was then referred to SCB Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed.