The Chhattisgarh police on Thursday arrested BJD leader and former MLA Anup Sai in connection with a double murder case of 2016 in Jharsuguda district.
Sai was picked up by the Chhattisgarh Chakradhar Nagar police on Wednesday night from his residence for interrogation in connection with the murder case.
Sai is accused of being involved in the murder of a woman, Kalpana Das (32), and her daughter Pravati (14) in April 2016 in the border area of Jharsuguda. Later deceased’s bodies were dumped in Chhattisgarh.
Although the incident occurred in Raigarh district, the deceased belonged to Brajarajnagar and Sai was known to them and had a close relationship,” the Chhattisgarh police said.
The Chhattisgarh police after detaining Sai informed about the development to their Odisha counterparts. They further informed that Sai was sent notice several times to appear at the Chakradhar Nagar police station but he failed to comply with it.
Notably, Sai, who had been elected thrice from Brajarajnagar on Congress ticket, switched over to the BJD in 2014 but lost the elections. He was later appointed Chairman of the Odisha State Warehousing Corporation (OSWC). Later in the day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik removed Sai from the OSWC Chairman post. Soon after this, he also expelled him from the party.