Bhubaneswar: All Credit goes to Twin City Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi, whose Team has been able to nab the prime accused in the sensational gang-rape case involving the estranged wife of a former IFS officer.
The Top Cop known for his professionalism launched ‘Operation Silent Viper’ three months back to nab the accused, following which the detention could be made.
This incident led state wide outcry and resulted in resignation of the then Chief Minister JB Patnaik in 1999.
Bibekananda Biswal alias Biban was held from Amby Valley in Lonavala in Maharashtra, announced Twin City Commissioner of Police Sudhanshu Sarangi.
Biban, the prime accused in the case, was working there as a plumber under the fake identity of Jalandhar Swain, he said.
Three persons were accused in the case — while two persons were arrested and convicted, Biban remained elusive for more than two decades, officials said.
Pradip Sahu alias Padia, a convict in the case, had died while undergoing treatment at Capital Hospital here in February last year.
Padia was the first to be arrested in the case after the survivor identified him on January 15, 1999.
In 2002, the Khurda District Sessions Judge convicted him and Tuna Mohanty, sentencing them to life imprisonment.
The High Court in 2010 had upheld the verdict. The three persons had waylaid the woman and raped her for hours at a place near Baranga, about 15 KM from Bhubaneswar, on the intervening night of 9-10 January in 1999.
The woman was on her way to Cuttack along with a journalist-friend in a car.
The CBI, which was entrusted by the Orissa High Court to investigate the case, has maintained that the trio had raped her.
The Twin City Police will now handover Biban to CBI who will officially arrest him, sources said.
The woman demanded capital punishment for the prime accused in the case.