According to the video, the DFO reportedly spent hours with friends at Gandahati Waterfall on September 3. He was found taking photographs. He reportedly used his office vehicle and office staff for the purpose. However, he couldn’t give a few minutes to media the next day when asked to give comment on his alleged involvement in the mysterious death of ACF Soumya Ranjan Mohapatra.
On September 4, the local reporter of the Argus News asked DFO Behera to clarify to an allegation made by a night watchman that he used to visit ACF Soumya’s quarter late night. However, the DFO claimed that he was very much busy in office work and requested the reporter not to disturb him at all.
It may be noted that deceased ACF’s parents have named the DFO, their daughter-in-law and a cook as accused persons in the FIR filed at the Paralakhemundi police station. The DFO has been interrogated twice, once by Paralakhemundi police and then by Crime Branch team probing the incident now.
During interrogation by Paralakhemundi police, the DFO said that he had no relationship with Bidyabharati. Based on his claims, the Gajapati SP gave a clean chit to him.