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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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