No Indication of Foul Play: Odisha DGP on Russian Nationals Death

The CID Crime Branch of Odisha Police stepped up the investigation of the death of two Russian nationals including a prominent lawmaker, in Rayagada.
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As the Odisha Police Crime Branch team continued their investigation into two Russian nationals death case on the third day, DGP Sunil Kumar Bansal said that the probe team has not found any indication of any kind of foul play in the case so far.

"The Crime Branch is investigating the case and it has formed a team of competent officers who are probing the matter keeping all aspects in mind. Presently, there is no indication of any kind of foul play in the case," he said while addressing the reporters here.

Responding to the question of whether state police will seek the assistance of Interpol, the DGP said that "Our investigation is on with an open mind, if anything comes or what needed to be done will be decided with the progress in the cases."

Bansal further denied the 'reports' about the involvement of any foreign spy, Bansal said, "It's not appropriate to comment on that as it's an intelligence issue, the central intelligence and State intelligence both are here they will look into that, whatever steps State Police have to take, accordingly we are taking that."

The CID Crime Branch of Odisha Police stepped up the investigation of the death of two Russian nationals including a prominent lawmaker, in Rayagada.

A team of the Crime Branch along with the state Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) experts visited Sai International Hotel in Rayagada where the Russian nationals were found dead. The team was led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Saroj Kant Mohanty.

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Mohanty on Sunday said that the team has recorded the statements of the hotel employees.

"The investigation is underway and it will continue for a few more days. We will have to analyse the statements before confirming anything," he added.

The Crime Branch team has recovered the burnt remains of the deceased Russian nationals from the cremation ground for forensic examination.

Room numbers 319 and 401 of the hotel where they were staying were thoroughly checked and some articles were seized.

A list of guests from December 1 to 27 with their corresponding addresses and other details was obtained for verification.

Recording of the statement of the accompanying Russian couple namely Turov Mikhail and Pane Senko Natalia with the assistance of an interpreter and of Tourist Guide Jitendra Singh was completed with audio-video recording of the whole process.

The enquiry into the incident is underway.

(with inputs from ANI)

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