Police said ASI Gopal Das threw a handwritten letter in the toilet of the Jharsuguda airport police station and flushed it. (Image: News18/File)
Police said a crime branch team and sewage workers dug up the sewage tank at the Jharsuguda airport police station to retrieve the letters, pieces of which have been sent for forensic analysis
Police claimed to have recovered some letters written by the policeman accused of killing Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das from a sewage tank at the Jharsuguda airport police station.
After he was shot by assistant sub-inspector Gopal Das on January 29, the crime branch had intensified the probe into the death of the minister with multiple bullet wounds.
According to the crime branch team led by ADG Arun Bothra, the police visited the premises of Jharsuguda Airport police station on Wednesday and conducted a thorough search. Police said that Gopal Das had thrown some of his handwritten letters into the toilet of the police station and flushed them away.
Police said a team along with sewage workers dug a sewage tank at the police station to retrieve the letters. Police said it has words written in Odia and English in red letters, which are not clearly visible.
Police said the septic tank was being excavated since late Wednesday night and over 20 pieces of paper were found. He said the ink on the letters is now unclear after dissolving in water and the pieces of paper will be sent to a forensic lab.
According to crime branch sources, these letters were written by Gopal Das before the incident and this may reveal why he killed the minister. Sources said that he wanted to reveal the reason behind his actions and if he had been killed after attacking the minister, investigators could have found this handwritten letter in his pocket.
Sources said that Gopal was arrested after the incident and after confessing to his act, he realized that there was no need for the handwritten letter and tried to destroy it. He said that the letter was in his pocket when he was brought to the airport police station after the incident, where he threw it inside the toilet and flushed it.
Experts are also examining the minister’s Innova car found in Badamal police station premises of Jharsuguda.
(With inputs from Suit Sa and Jitendra Debta)
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