Mahimananda Mishra reaches Odisha; police to produce him in court

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s prominent businessman Mahimananda Mishra, who was detained by the police in Thailand, brought back to Bhubaneswar on Monday.

After arresting him and his aide Basant Bal formally here, the police took them to the Capital Hospital for health check up. The police will produce them at a court in Jagatsinghpur district in connection with Paradip murder case on Tuesday.

Mishra, managing director of Odisha Stevedores Ltd and his aide Basant Bal were detained on Sunday in Thailand, with the assistance of Interpol.

“He will be taken to Jagatsinghpur tonight and be produced in the court there tomorrow morning,” a senior police officer said.

Mishra and Bal had escaped to Kathmandu after hiding at several places in the country following the murder of Seaways Shipping official Mahendra Swain on October 26. Swain was murdered following rivalry with Mahima Mishra’s company, said police.

On Friday, a Kujang court had issued a non-bailable warrant against them. A look out circular had been issued against Mishra and Bal.

So far seven persons have been arrested in connection with the murder, DGP K B Singh said.

The key accused in the case Susant Sethy, another close associate of Mishra, was arrested from the airport in New Delhi on Friday. Sethy had helped Mishra and Bal escape to Thailand.

The two had reached Bangkok from Nepal on a 15-day tourist visa, the police said.

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