Man jailed for ‘alive’ wife’s murder: Guilty Cop surrenders before Odisha court

opBHUBANESWAR: The former sub-inspector of Morada police station today surrendered before a local court in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district in connection with falsely implicating two persons for the murder of a woman that never took place.

The police official Rashmi Ranjan Dash surrendered before the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court in the district headquarters town of Baripada in connection with Lili Nayak murder case.

Notably, the Crime Branch on June 24 this year registered a case against Rashmi Ranjan Dash on charge of wrongful confinement of two persons in Lily Nayak murder case in 2012. Rashmi was booked under section 342 (wrongful confinement), 344 (wrongful confinement for more than ten days) and 348 (wrongful confinement to extort confession).

The cop was the then investigating officer (IO) of the alleged murder of Lily Nayak at Dhadasahi village under Morada police limits in Mayurbhanj district. In connection with the case, police had arrested Lily’s husband Sukadev Nayak and her brother Sudam Si after police recovered a decomposed body of a woman from an abandoned well in the village on May 23, 2012.

Surprisingly, the dead woman resurfaced and appeared before the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge (fast track-II) in Baripada on September 3 last year seeking acquittal of the duo. The accused were, however, by then released on bail after spending nearly five months in jail.

The presumed dead woman recorded her statement before the court following which the case was reopened and the reinvestigation into the case was handed over to Crime Branch.

The Crime Branch conducted a DNA test on the dead and confirmed the identity contrary to the investigation conducted by Dash, now posted as sub-inspector in Nabarangpur district.

Later, it was ascertained that the body found in the well of that of another woman of the village.

Notably, Subash Mohapatra, a human rights activist, had moved the NHRC, seeking compensation for the two persons. The NHRC after going through police report had sought a report from Mayurbhanj SP on the issue.

In response to the NHRC notice, the Mayurbhanj police said it had moved Session’s Judge, Baripada, for passing an order for further investigation into case. The NHRC, meanwhile, has sought an update on the pending court order and action of Mayurbhanj police in the case.

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