Bhadrak: Following the order of the Orissa High Court, BJD MLA from Dhamnagar Muktikanta Mandal today surrendered before the ADJ court here regarding a murder case that occurred in 2002.

The High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of the MLA on October 20 and ordered him to surrender before the lower court. The high Court had additionally ordered the lower court to hear the case based on the cases of other denounced in the murder case.

Notably, on November 3, 2002, one Niranjan Jena from Sugo village under Basudevpur police limits was abducted and murdered. Deceased Niranjan’s uncle Duhsashan Jena had filed a case against six persons including the MLA. However, police had excluded Muktikant Mandal’s name from the chargesheet following which Duhsashan had knocked the door of high court.

After High Court ordered the Bhadrak Sessions Court to name Muktikant as an accused and conclude its hearing within six months, the legislator had sought anticipatory bail.

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