Paralakhemundi: The sensational case of assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Soumya Ranjan Mohapatra’s death took a new twist Friday after Gajapati Superintendent of Police (SP) Tapan Kumar Pattnaik gave a clean chit to Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sangram Keshari Behera in the case.
The family members of the deceased ACF have accused the Gajapati DFO of being involved in a conspiracy in which the ACF was burned to death. The CDR reports of the DFO said that the officer did not contact Bidyabharti Panda, the wife of the deceased.
The DFO has no link with the cook of the ACF, the SP said. Paralakhemundi police Friday interrogated accused DFO Behera in connection with the alleged murder of the ACF.
Behera was brought under the ambit of the probe after Soumya’s father Abhiram Mohapatra alleged the DFO was involved in his son’s death. He had also alleged Soumya’s wife was having an ‘affair’ with the DFO.
In another development, a note written by the ACF to his wife surfaced Friday. The note revealed by the ACF’s advocate exposed the strained relationship between the two since their marriage.
The advocate said the note shows that Soumya was keen on keeping the marriage intact.
“Whatever you want, I will make arrangements for that. I will definitely fulfil that. I will resign from my job and be your servant. But, I want a small place at your feet,” the ACF wrote in the note February 22. “I don’t want your qualification…I won’t ever tell you anything about this. I just need you as my wife and a good friend,” the note added.