Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Odisha BJP on Thursday called for 12- hour Gajapati bandh on November 6 demanding the resignation of Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra from the State cabinet for his alleged involvement in the lady teacher Mamita Meher’s murder case in Kalahandi.


“Kidnapping and murder of women are frequently happening in the State and ministers belonging to the BJD-led government are often found to be involved in these cases. The State government has turned a blind eye towards these heinous crimes,” said Paralakhemundi MLA K Narayana Rao.

“Our party has called for a 12-hour Gajapati Bandh on Saturday to protest against the inaction of the State government. The district will also observe the bandh demanding the immediate expulsion of Mishra from the cabinet,” said Rao.

The saffron party leader also urged the people of Gajapati to extend their wholehearted support to the bandh to make it successful across the district.

Earlier in the day, Odisha BJP Yuva Morcha had announced to hold demonstrations during Mishra’s visit across the State demanding his ouster.

Notably on Wednesday, the district administration in Kalahandi had launched a probe at two hostels of the Mahalinga college.

Child Protection Unit officer Nirmala Sahu and other officials under the supervision of Dharmagarh Sub-Collector Sachin Pawar visited the plus 2 and plus 3 ladies hostels of the college and audited various documents.