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Astaranga Quadruple Murder : CB Identifies 2 Muderers, Accused To Be Produced In Court Today

Cuttack, October 10: Unveiling the curtain towards the mysterious Astaranga family murder case the Crime Branch Police of Odisha arrested two persons yesterday and will produced the accused in the court today.

The CB arrested the accused couple, Himadri Das alias Rahim Khan(33) and Ayesha Begum(25) was arrested from Assam-Bangladesh border in connection with the September 21 murder of a retired government servant Dinabandhu Mallick, his wife and his two minor daughters at Astarang in Puri district.

According to the sources, the CB while producing the accused in the court will seek remand for 10 days for further interrogations with the accused couple.

Meanwhile, the CB has taken the couple to the spot before producing them before the court.

Rahim Khan alias Himadri Das is a native of and had married Aisha of Chhatisgarh. Both were residing at Raipur and were introduced to the deceased family through a relative, Sharma said adding, the couple had previously visited the Mallick family on several occasions. 

"On September 21 night, the couple had stayed with the deceased family after having dinner and sometime after midnight, they wiped out the entire family by slitting their throats and decamped with valuables including jewellery and a motorcycle," the ADG said. 

After abandoning the motorcycle midway, the couple escaped to Raipur where they sold the ornaments and went to Bhopal. 

"From Bhopal, they went to Silchar in Assam via Kharagpur by train and were hiding at a place called Hailapur bordering Bangladesh from where they were arrested with the help of the local police," Sharma said adding, the accused were brought here on the day via Kolkata. 

"We have seized the mobile phone of Mallick from the accused including some incriminating documents. During the course of further interrogation, we will try to retrieve the weapons of offence and other stolen items from them," the ADG said not ruling out more arrests in this connection. 

At least four crime branch teams comprising 25 officers did an excellent job to detect one of the challenging cases in which the accused had left no clues and eliminated all eye witnesses, Sharma said.

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