Palace staffs’ deaths: SIT quizzes Cong MLA Rao, 2 BJD leaders

K Surya Rao
Paralakhemundi, Aug 27:
On the fifth day of its ongoing probe into the suicide of Parala Maharaja and
former MP Gajapati Gopinath Narayan Deb’s former manager Anang Majari Patra and
three of her siblings, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Saturday grilled
Paralakhemudi Congress MLA K Surya Rao and former BJD MLA K Narayan Rao and Gajapati
BJD unit president Pradipta Nayak for hours.
The SIT summoned the
trio to its camp office at the Community Police Centre here and quizzed them
about the allegations leveled against them in the suicide note of the former manager.
Prior to the deaths of
the four, political leaders cutting across party lines and members of local
citizens’ forum led by MLA Rao had led agitations alleging that the king was
under house arrest and the locals were prevented from meeting him by Anang.
The SIT’s interrogation
assumed significance as Anang in her suicide note squarely blamed the MLA and
some other residents of the locality for her suicide and that of her three
siblings. She alleged that she along with her brother, who was the personal
assistant of the Maharaja, was constantly harassed by Rao. In the suicide note,
she insisted she was innocent.
However, even as six
days have elapsed into the recovery of the bodies, the SIT is yet to establish
whether the four committed suicide out of shame or were forced by somebody to
take the extreme step.
On the other hand, MLA
Rao has been denying that he instigated anyone against Anang and maintaining
that he only joined the locals to protect the palace and ensure good health of
the king.
The SIT too on Saturday
visited the Sub-Registrar office here and collected some land-related documents
of the Maharaja.
Sources said during the
examination of documents the SIT has found that the king had sold two separate
lands, including a mango grove, at Rs 3 lakh in 2012 to two women.

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