Bhubaneswar: The prime accused in the 1999 Bhubaneswar gang-rape case, Biban alias Bibekanand Biswal, who was absconding for the last 22 years, has been nabbed by the Commissionerate Police, informed Commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi on Monday. Addressing media persons, Sarangi said that even after various efforts the State Police and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not been able to trace the whereabouts of Biban. He informed that on the night of January 9, 1999, a gang-rape was committed under Barang police limits. The victim with a friend had visited a ‘dhaba’ at Barang in an Ambassador car for drinking tea. Three miscreants had seen her there. When she was returning in the car to Bhubaneswar, they had intercepted the vehicle and hijacked it. One of them drove the car, another took the driver of the car on a scooter. They stopped the vehicle at a desolate place in Belagachia and gang-raped her. One among them also took her to Bhaluka forest and raped her again. She was raped for around 3 to 4 hours. The incident had created an outrage in the entire State. A complaint in this regard had been lodged at Cuttack Mahila Police Station on January 10. The investigation of the case was handed over to Odisha Crime Branch on January 12. Police first seized the scooter and were able to nab two accused Pradip Sahu alias Padia and Dhirendra Mohanty alias Tunia on January 26. Later on February 26, as the prime accused was still absconding, the Orissa High Court handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The CBI on May 5, 1999, submitted a chargesheet against Pradip, Dhirendra and absconding accused Biben. On April 29, 2002, Khurda District & Sessions Judge Mahendra Nath Patnaik convicted Pradip and Dhirendra and sentenced them to life imprisonment. They had challenged the judgment before the Orissa High Court. The division bench comprising Justices A S Naidu and Subhash Chandra Parija upheld the lower court’s judgment. In its judgment on June 24, 2010, the Orissa High Court expressed its over the failure of the investigating agency in nabbing the prime accused. While there were many theories about the disappearance of Biban, the Commissionerate Police was able to nab him after 22 years. Sarangi said that the Commissionerate Police reopened the case file three months back and launched an operation named ‘Silent Viper’. He personally supervised the operation and only four officers were involved in it. The officers are DCP Prateek Singh, Additional DCP Pramod Rath, Inspector Special Squad Ajay Kumar Das and Barang Police Station IIC Sashikanta Rout. “During the investigation, we came to know that the prime accused is residing at Aamby Valley in Lonavala on Mumbai-Pune road. He was working as a plumber and had changed his name as Jalandhar Swain. He had however mentioned Naranpur as his permanent address. Search in Bhulekh revealed that there is no J a l a n d h a r Swain in Naran - pur,” said Sarangi. B i b e n had got a permanent job at Pune and had also opened a bank account, availed an Aadhaar card in the new name, and was sure that he will not get caught. He cleverly was in touch with his family members, used to send information through others and also send financial help. He was asking his family members to issue a death certificate in his name. “Doubting Jalandhar Swain may be Biban Biswal, we decided to visit Lonavala and bring him to Odisha for witness identification. A team led by Badambadi IIC Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra left for Mumbai on February 19. Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Bipin Singh extended his support and another team was formed under Navi Mumbai DCP-CID Praveen Patil,” said Sarangi. As around 14000 workers are engaged at Aamby Valley, it was not sure that Jalandhar was working there or not. SP of Pune Rural Police, Abhinav Deshmukh, and ASP Navneet Kanwat also extended their support and a joint team of Odisha Police and Maharashtra Police was formed to trace Jalandhar. “During the investigation, we came to know that one person with the surname Swain is residing at a staff accommodation situated around 2.5 kilometres away from Aamby Valley. Police visited the place in civil dress but identifying them Biben Biswal attempted to flee but was nabbed,” Sarangi added. Biben was brought to Odisha as Jalandhar Swain and he was identified by the witnesses. The information has been passed to the CBI and an investigating officer from Kolkata has also arrived to take over the further investigation of the case, informed the Police Commissioner. He further said that the Commissionerate Police will write to the CBI to award the police officers involved in the ‘Silent Viper’ operation with the award money announced for the arrest of the accused. Sarangi further informed that Biben was staying at Aamby Valley since 2007 and was working as a permanent employee there since 2011. He had also visited Odisha in between.

2021-02-23 | Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: The prime accused in the 1999 Bhubaneswar gang-rape case, Biban alias Bibekanand Biswal, who was absconding for the last 22 years, has been nabbed by the Commissionerate Police, informed Commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi on Monday. Addressing media persons, Sarangi said that even after various efforts the State Police and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not been able to trace the whereabouts of Biban. He informed that on the night of January 9, 1999, a gang-rape was committed under Barang police limits. The victim with a friend had visited a ‘dhaba’ at Barang in an Ambassador car for drinking tea. Three miscreants had seen her there. When she was returning in the car to Bhubaneswar, they had intercepted the vehicle and hijacked it. One of them drove the car, another took the driver of the car on a scooter. They stopped the vehicle at a desolate place in Belagachia and gang-raped her. One among them also took her to Bhaluka forest and raped her again. She was raped for around 3 to 4 hours. The incident had created an outrage in the entire State. A complaint in this regard had been lodged at Cuttack Mahila Police Station on January 10. The investigation of the case was handed over to Odisha Crime Branch on January 12. Police first seized the scooter and were able to nab two accused Pradip Sahu alias Padia and Dhirendra Mohanty alias Tunia on January 26. Later on February 26, as the prime accused was still absconding, the Orissa High Court handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The CBI on May 5, 1999, submitted a chargesheet against Pradip, Dhirendra and absconding accused Biben. On April 29, 2002, Khurda District & Sessions Judge Mahendra Nath Patnaik convicted Pradip and Dhirendra and sentenced them to life imprisonment. They had challenged the judgment before the Orissa High Court. The division bench comprising Justices A S Naidu and Subhash Chandra Parija upheld the lower court’s judgment. In its judgment on June 24, 2010, the Orissa High Court expressed its over the failure of the investigating agency in nabbing the prime accused. While there were many theories about the disappearance of Biban, the Commissionerate Police was able to nab him after 22 years. Sarangi said that the Commissionerate Police reopened the case file three months back and launched an operation named ‘Silent Viper’. He personally supervised the operation and only four officers were involved in it. The officers are DCP Prateek Singh, Additional DCP Pramod Rath, Inspector Special Squad Ajay Kumar Das and Barang Police Station IIC Sashikanta Rout. “During the investigation, we came to know that the prime accused is residing at Aamby Valley in Lonavala on Mumbai-Pune road. He was working as a plumber and had changed his name as Jalandhar Swain. He had however mentioned Naranpur as his permanent address. Search in Bhulekh revealed that there is no J a l a n d h a r Swain in Naran - pur,” said Sarangi. B i b e n had got a permanent job at Pune and had also opened a bank account, availed an Aadhaar card in the new name, and was sure that he will not get caught. He cleverly was in touch with his family members, used to send information through others and also send financial help. He was asking his family members to issue a death certificate in his name. “Doubting Jalandhar Swain may be Biban Biswal, we decided to visit Lonavala and bring him to Odisha for witness identification. A team led by Badambadi IIC Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra left for Mumbai on February 19. Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Bipin Singh extended his support and another team was formed under Navi Mumbai DCP-CID Praveen Patil,” said Sarangi. As around 14000 workers are engaged at Aamby Valley, it was not sure that Jalandhar was working there or not. SP of Pune Rural Police, Abhinav Deshmukh, and ASP Navneet Kanwat also extended their support and a joint team of Odisha Police and Maharashtra Police was formed to trace Jalandhar. “During the investigation, we came to know that one person with the surname Swain is residing at a staff accommodation situated around 2.5 kilometres away from Aamby Valley. Police visited the place in civil dress but identifying them Biben Biswal attempted to flee but was nabbed,” Sarangi added. Biben was brought to Odisha as Jalandhar Swain and he was identified by the witnesses. The information has been passed to the CBI and an investigating officer from Kolkata has also arrived to take over the further investigation of the case, informed the Police Commissioner. He further said that the Commissionerate Police will write to the CBI to award the police officers involved in the ‘Silent Viper’ operation with the award money announced for the arrest of the accused. Sarangi further informed that Biben was staying at Aamby Valley since 2007 and was working as a permanent employee there since 2011. He had also visited Odisha in between.