The police on Thursday arrested eight persons in connection with the sensational murder of ruling BJD youth wing district president Jasobant Parida on 26 March.

The police said protection money related rivalry led to the murder of Parida. Eight have been arrested while three others are absconding, said the police on Thursday. It may be recalled the assailants had used a stolen car and intercepted Parida on 26 March morning.

They hurled bombs at Parida’s car and as he got down to run for safety, they gunned him down. Talking to media persons SP Santosh Nayak said the motive was huge protection money from a construction agency.

Parida was a close advisor to the construction company which has a lot of work on national and railway work in Kamakshyanagar subdivision. Rakesh Nath, one of the arrested accused, demanded protection money from the firm.

But the MD of the firm told Parida who asked him not to pay. Parida also asked the MD to sack Rakesh’s father who was working in the firm and the company did so.

Rakesh and his associates had earlier demanded that the company should give them orders for supply of construction material and even this had been opposed by Parida.

Finally, Rakesh and others of the group decided to eliminate Parida and did so on 26 March. The arrested persons are Rakesh Nath alias Bhajan of Alutama village, Kamakshyanagar, Prakash Nayak of Begunia, Khurda, Tabu Khan of Talcher, Kamalakant Mohapatra of Dharampur, Talcher, P KS ahoo of Angul, Suvendu Kumar Samantaray of Khurda, Jitendra Manasingh alais Jitu and Santosh kumar Barikof Dhanaghara of Khurda. The arrested include persons who had provided shelter to the ones directly involved in the crime.