‘Ex-minister Pramila Mallick’s brother held in acid attack case’
The following article appeared on articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com website on May 25 2012
‘A trial court rejected his anticipatory bail plea following petition by the police on the ground that he was booked under section 307 (attempt to murder). Mallick, who is chairman of Biswa (an NGO), was sent to custody for fourteen days, sources said.
‘He was earlier booked for conspiring in the acid attack on the man, whose relatives were working in his NGO. We want to know the nature of his involvement in the case. We have prayed the court to take him on remand for interrogation,” Bhubaneswar DCP Nitinjeet Singh said.
Earlier in the day, Mallick appeared in the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) seeking bail in connection with a firing incident in Mancheswar area. Miscreants had opened fire at a BPO company girl on April 13, 2012. He was a suspect in the case as his driver, who was arrested in the incident, pointed the finger at him. Apprehending arrest, Mallick had moved the Orissa high court seeking bail. The high court recently heard his plea and asked him to get the bail from lower court. Soon after he was granted bail by JMFC, police reached the court to arrest him in the acid attack case. Mallick applied for bail, but to no avail.
“My client has been falsely implicated in the case. He was not at all involved in the acid attack case. Police became vindictive after he managed to get bail in the firing incident,” Mallick’s lawyer Dharanidhar Nayak told TOI.
Incidentally, the firing incident is said to have links with the acid attack and another firing incident in Sashtri Nagar in April 2011. Victims of the three cases belonged to the same family and were earlier working with the NGO, sources said. Police suspect that the family was targeted following monetary dispute with the NGO.’
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Posted on May 29th 2012 by Office in ASTI news