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Trouble mounts for jailed stevedore tycoon

Trouble continues to mount for Mahimananda Mishra who is in jail since December 26 for orchestrating the murder of Mahendra Swain, a top executive of a rival stevedore company at Paradip.

While police had earlier filed a 500-page charge-sheet against Mahima in connection with October 26 Swain murder case containing meticulous details of the high-profile crime, police framed another charge-sheet against the beleaguered Mahima establishing his corroborative complicity in 2013 press chowk attempted murder case in Cuttack city.

The latest charge-sheet pertained to the attempt to murder a lawyer Ajay Bhat in September 21, 2013 at crowded press chowk in Cuttack city over a dispute of purchase of land. Bhat had reportedly bought a land worth Rs 72 lakh which Mahima was desirous to buy. As a result, Bhat invited Mahima’s wrath. Enraged over act of defiance, Mahima had authored the murder plan by hiring a contract killer. Bhat had lucky escape as the bomb thrown by the hired criminal Ganesh Sahu had missed the target, police sources said.

Mishra, Odisha’s stevedore magnet and one of the richest businessmen of the state, had earlier been arrested in Bangkok after the influential and cash-rich Mishra who masterminded October 26 murder of Mahendra Swain and had evaded arrest for two months.

Motor-cycle-borne assailants had authored the broad-day-light crime in true bollywood style under Mahima’s direction .

The assailants were all ‘supari’ killers and the contract killers had been hired by Mishra to murder Swain. The 500-page charge-sheet in connection with Swain murder case has already been submitted to the court to expedite the trial of the case, said Paradip Additional Superintendent of Police, Gadadhar Pradhani.   

Mishra is one of the richest industrialists in Odisha who made his mark in stevodering business, hospitality sector and runs Gopalpur port.

The disturbances which had occurred in past due to dispute between various shipping farms operating in Paradip port had paved the way for the murder as Mishra-run Orissa Stevedore Limited was bent to get rid of rival farms, said sources.

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