Two fugitives in Staines killing held

Fourteen years after Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons were burnt alive by a mob in Manoharpur village of Orissa’s Keonjhar district,the CBI and Orissa police on Friday arrested two of the three fugitives in the case.

Written by Express News Service | Bhubaneswar | Published: May 18, 2013 3:12 am

Fourteen years after Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons were burnt alive by a mob in Manoharpur village of Orissa’s Keonjhar district,the CBI and Orissa police on Friday arrested two of the three fugitives in the case.

Alerted by local police,a team of CBI arrested Ramjan Mahanta from his house in Bhalughera village and Ghanashyam Mohanta from Gayalamunda in Keonjhar district,said CBI Deputy SP BK Pradhan. A third fugitive,Budhi Nayak,remains untraced.

A mob led Dara Singh had attacked Staines and his two sons — Philip (11) and Timothy (8) — as they slept in their wagon and set the vehicle on fire in Manoharpur,on the intervening night of January 22-23,1999. In May 2005,the High Court set aside death sentence to Dara Singh and commuted it to life imprisonment.

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