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Odisha BJP leader Jayanarayan Mishra arrested and sent into judicial custody
Senior leader of the BJP and former MLA Jayanarayan Mishra was arrested from his residence on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the February 22 attack on Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party leaders.

Senior BJP leader and former MLA Jayanarayan Mishra was arrested from his residence on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the February 22 attack on BJD party workers including the brother of the labour minister Susanta Singh at Banabira under Sohela police limits of Barghar district in the state of Odisha. 

Siva Kumar Diwan, an associate of Mishra, was also held in connection with the incident taking the number of arrests in the case up to 8.  Both have been sent to the Banabira sub-jail. 

Sohela police has registered case no 34/2018 under section 147,148,323,325,336,307,302,427,506 and 149 IPC besides 25/27 arms act in this connection. 

The sub-divisional officer (SDPO) of Padmapur, Laxminarayan Panda, said that the BJP leader was detained at Sohela police station for interrogation regarding his role in Banabira firing during the recent Bijepur election. 

Mishra was picked up by the police at around 9 am on Thursday from his residence at Nandapara Sambalpur. His residence had been crowded by newsmen since Wednesday night as soon as they came to know that he had arrived after absconding for 20 days since the incident. 

According to official sources, state labour minister Susanta Singh's brother Subrat Singh and three others were injured in the attack by a group of men in Banabira just a day before the election. 

The attackers fired at the vehicle which was completely smashed. One of the 4 persons injured in the attack later died while undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack. 

He was identified as Dileswar Sahu, the driver of the vehicle. Mishra termed his arrest as nothing but "political conspiracy".

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