Day after arrest, Anup Sai sent to jail

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Day after arrest, Anup Sai sent to jail

Saturday, 15 February 2020 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

Three-time former Brajarajnagar MLA Anup Kumar Sai was sent to jail at Raighar in Chhattisgarh on Friday as his bail plea was rejected in a case pertaining to the double murder case in which he is allegedly involved.

The Raighar District and Sessions Judge Court rejected his bail application, following which he was sent to District Jail.

Sai was arrested late in Thursday evening after intense grilling for nearly 18 hours over the nearly four-year-old double murder case in Chhattisgarh.

Meanwhile, Bilaspur Range IG Deepanshu Kabra announced a cash award of Rs 20,000 each to the police personnel involved in the investigation of the case.

Notably, on May 7, 2016, police had recovered two bodies of a woman and her daughter. The bodies of Kalpana Dash (40) and her 14-year-old daughter Babli were run over by a four-wheeler before being bludgeoned to death. This was done apparently to disfigure the bodies so that their identities could not be ascertained. This turned out to be a challenge for the police as they couldn’t trace the details of the deceased persons.

Investigation teams were formed and personnel were sent to six States to get leads on the case. Unexpectedly, a constable from Odisha identified the deceased from the photographs circulated by the Chakradhar Nagar police in Chhattisgarh. The constable Saroj Dash happens to be a relative of the deceased.

Saroj informed the in-laws of Kalpana who approached the Chhattisgarh police. The DNA test corroborated the fact that he was the father of the minor girl. This was the turning point in the investigation.

Kalpana’s estranged husband Sunil Srivastava told police that his ex-wife had links with Anup Sai. Following this, police zeroed in on the former MLA. The police kept a close watch on Sai’s movements since last six months. The call records and other evidence pointed towards his involvement in the case. Though Raigarh police had got enough clues to arrest Sai, they were waiting for an opportune time to nab him.

During interrogation, Sai told police that he was fed up with the woman as she was blackmailing him besides pressurising him to get married.

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