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Astaranga Quadruple Murder : Accused Sent On Four Days Remand

Cuttack, October 10: The Nimapada Sub-Divisional Court on Saturday allowed the Crime Branch to take Himadri Das alias Rahim Khan and his wife Ayesha Begum, accused in the sensational quadruple murder in Astaranga, on a four-day remand. However, the probe agency had prayed for a ten-day remand of the accused.

Earlier in the day, the accused duo was taken to the murder spot. Two blood-stained knives used in the murder were seized from the house of Dinabandhu, one of the deceased. The knives were sent to forensic laboratory for examination.

On September 22, Dinabandhu Mallick (65), his wife Nirmala (55) and their two daughters were murdered at Dinadian under Astaranga police limits. The bodies were found with throat slit. Notably, Dinabandhu Mallick was a retired district inspector (DI) of schools.

The Crime Branch arrested the two accused (husband and wife) from Ailakhandi in Assam. The duo committed the crime to acquire gold and money. They were known to the family of Dinabandhu. After knowing the financial status of Dinabandhu, they had planned to loot his valuables.

On the day of the incident, they came to Dinabandhu’s house at around 8 pm and stayed there. Later, they asked Dinabandhu for money to which he refused. After an exchange of words between Dinabandhu and the accused, the latter killed Dinabandhu with knife. They also killed his wife and two daughters.

After committing the crime, the duo fled the spot on a bike and took as much gold ornaments as possible with them. From Astaranga, they moved to Angul, Raipur, Bhopal and finally reached Ailakhandi via Khadagpur.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered a Crime Branch probe into the murder case.

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