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Orissa HC Rejects Bail Plea Of Web Channel Owner Sarmista

Bhubaneswar: 22/3/22:The Orissa High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Sarmista Rout, the prime accused in the murder of cameraman Manas Swain.

In a bid to avoid possible arrest, Sarmistha had moved the High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

So far, five persons have been nabbed in this case while Rout, the Editor of Odia fortnightly ‘Sampurna’, and her associate Jhuna Bhoi are on the run.

Bhadrak police had yesterday arrested two persons– former Information & Public Relation (I&PR) Director (Technical) Niranjan Sethi and his associate Ranjan Nayak– in this case.

Reportedly, Police are conducting raids at different places to nab the main accused Sarmistha and her aides Jhuna Bhoi and Ranjan Nayak alias Raj.

As per Police information, on February 7, Manas Kumar Swain of Godipokhari village under Ranapur Police station in Nayagarh district had been kidnapped from Nalgunda of Chandbali area in Bhadrak district. Later, his body was exhumed from the forest near Badhipatna village in Narendrapur Panchayat in Ranapur area.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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