04 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: Twin City Police Commissioner on Wednesday felicitated the Investigating Officer and Public Prosecutor of Ushashree Parida murder case for successful conviction of the accused over six years after the crime.
Ushashree's body had been recovered from her residence at IRC Village area under Nayapalli police limits on June 21, 2013. Investigation revealed that she was murdered by her husband Somnath Parida a retired army doctor.
The case was being investigated by the then ACP Bishnu Charan Mishra, who is presently posted as Additional SP at Paradip. In absence of any eye witness account of the crime, the case was presented and prosecuted based on circumstantial evidences.
Statements of 24 witnesses were recorded in the case and 44 evidences were presented in the court based on which Khurda District and Sessions Judge Lokanath Mohapatra convicted Somnath of the murder. Public Prosecutor Sarad Chandra Samanta had represented the case.
Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi said that though the Commissionerate Police had prayed for a death sentence, the court considering Somnath's age and his army background sentenced him to life imprisonment. The Commissionerate Police will seek legal consultation from the Public Prosecutor before taking any further measures in this regard, he added.
Besides Mishra and Samanta, one more Investigating Officer and Public Prosecutor were felicitated by Sarangi today for conviction in a sensational case. One Abhimanyu Nayak had been attacked by his son-in-law Chandan Mallick on October 10, 2018 following which the former succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack.
A case in this regard had been lodged at Airfield Police Station on October 28, 2018. The then Sub-Inspector at Airfield Police Station Ajay Kumar Sahu who is presently posted at Rajnagar Police Station in Kendrapara was investigating the case.
After completing the investigation, Sahu had filed a chargesheet against the accused and the trail was held at the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge II in Bhubaneswar. Based on the evidences and successful presentation of the case by the prosecution advocate Salil Kumar Pradhan, the accused was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with Rs 10,000 fine.