Crime Branch which is probing into the murder of lensman Manas Swain today claimed that Swain had demanded Rs 10000 from prime accused Sharmistha Rout to return the memory chip.
Swain was allegedly kidnapped on February 7 from Bhadrak. His body was exhumed from Badhipatna hills in Nayagarh district on March 12.
Investigation so far revealed that the memory chip was last with Swain. “We conducted search at his native place at Ranpur yesterday for the memory chip. Again we conducted search in two places in Bhubaneswar where Swain had stayed. However, the chip is yet to be located,” said an official.