From the disappearance of 24-year-old Mamita Meher, a teacher at Sunshine English Medium School at Mahaling in Kalahandi to the recovery of her half-charred dead body from an under-construction stadium and the confession of Govinda Sahu, the president of the managing committee of the school, in her killing, the events and sequences of the sensational case has snowballed into a major political crisis for the ruling BJD in the State after Sahu’s alleged links with BJD MLA and Minister of State for Home, Dibyashankar Mishra surfaced.
The all-out protests by the Opposition BJP and Congress seem to have mounted troubles for the Minister and created discomfort for the BJD-led Odisha Government.
Blood samples collected from Mamita's family members for genetic testing
Scientific personnel on Wednesday collected blood samples from the family members of murdered lady principal of Mahaling Sunshine School Mamita Meher for carrying out genetic ancestry testing to identify the body which was exhumed from a site near an under construction stadium in Mahaling. The family of the deceased lady teacher have already identified some belongings recovered with the body as those used by Mamita
NCW urges Odisha CM To Sack Minister Accused In Mamita murder case
The National Commission for Women has sought Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take strong personal cognizance of the murder case of lady principal of Kalahandi Mahaling Sunshine English School Mamita Meher and oust the minister accused in the case.
NCW urges Odisha DGP for fair probe into Mamita murder case
The National Commission for Women has taken strong cognizance of Odisha's Kalahandi teacher Mamita Meher murder case. The NCW has written to Odisha DGP to ensure a fair investigation into the case and also sought security for the family of the teacher.
BJP calls 12-hour Bolangir shutdown on October 21
The BJP has called for a 12-hour bandh in Bolangir as a protest against the horrific murder of Kalahandi lady teacher Mamita Meher. The saffron party also observed a shutdown in Kalahandi district today over the case.
Action against Minister Dibyashankar if found involved in case, says BJD
After serious backlash in the backdrop of allegations on involvement of MoS for Home Department in the State, Dibyashankar Mishra in the sensational murder case of Kalahandi lady teacher Mamita Meher, the ruling Biju Janata Dal has finally clarified its stand.
Addressing the media, senior party leader Pramila Mallick today said that an officer who has previous experience of working in NIA has been handed the charge of probing the case. Whoever is found guilty whether it may be the minister (Dibyashankar), strict action will be taken against the culprit(s).
She however disapproved of the furore created by the Opposition seeking immediate ouster of the minister. "Will the sacking of the minister resolve the case?" Pramila questioned the Opposition.
Court grants 5-day remand for Gobinda Sahu
Bangomunda JMFC Court has granted the police to take Gobinda on a five-day remand. Police will look to quiz Gobinda
during the remand period to elicit more crucial information from him about the case.
Odisha Women Commission seeks report from Kalahandi SP in 15 days
The Odisha State Commission for Women on Wednesday sought a detailed report of the murder case of lady teacher Mamita Meher from the SP, Kalahandi.
Terming the murder as ‘shameful’, the State's top women rights watchdog has directed the office of the Kalahandi SP to furnish a detailed report within 15 days, from today.
Murder was pre-planned, says Northern Range DIG
Northern Range DIG Deepak Kumar revealed in a press conference that the main suspect Gobinda Sahu killed Mamata inside his car. “The murder was pre-planned and Govind killed Meher while they were on their way from Bhawanipatna to Kegaon,” said Kumar.
Shree Jagannath Sena stages protest
Demanding the expulsion of Dibyashankar Mishra, the members of Shree Jagannath Sena staged a protest outside the Singhadwar of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri and burnt posters of the Minister.
Sahu forwarded to court
Sahu was forwarded to SDJM court in Bangomunda. Police is likely to seek remand of Sahu for further interrogation in the case.
State Commission for Women seeks report
The State Commission for Women termed the incident as shocking and shameful. The SCW also directed the Kalahandi SP for a fair investigation and sought a probe report from the SP in this regard within 15 days.
BJP mounts pressure
The members of BJP Mahila Morcha on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of Naveen Niwas demanding the resignation of Minister Dibyashankar Mishra.
The BJP Mahila Morcha members led by MP Sangeeta Singh Deo also protested outside Bolangir SP office. The activists also scuffled with police while trying to barge inside the office.
The women wing of the saffron party also hurled eggs at the residence of Minister Dibyashankar Mishra in Bhawanipatna and demanded his dismissal and arrest.
On the other hand, a delegation of BJP led by party state president Samir Mohanty met Odisha Governor urging action as per Constitutional norms. The delegation also sought the dismissal of the Minister so that probe into the case can be carried out impartially.
The BJP has called a 12-hour Bandh in Bolangir district tomorrow.
Locals along with BJP workers also shut down markets at Mahaling in Kalahandi demanding resignation of the Minister and CBI investigation into the matter.
Sahu confesses to killing Mamita
Sahu confessed to his crime during interrogation, informed Bolangir Police on Wednesday. Sahu’s associate Radhe, JCB driver and stadium clerk who allegedly helped him in burying have been detained. Sahu revealed that the pit was dug on October 6 while he murdered Mamita inside his car on October 8.
BJP observes 12-hour Kalahandi bandh
The BJP on Wednesday called for a 12-hour Kalahandi bandh demanding resignation of Minister Mishra and CBI probe into the case. The ongoing Bandh, from 6 am to 6 pm, has paralysed normalcy in the district particularly in the district headquarters of Bhawanipatna.
Mamita’s father levels serious allegations against police
Father of Mamita while speaking to OTV said that the police once pressurised them not to reveal the missing case to anyone. Mamita’s father told that when the family went to report the disappearance, Kegaon police officials tried to convince them that she was alive and would soon return instead of registering the case.
Congress hurls eggs at Minister Mishra’s residence
Congress activities on Tuesday hurled eggs at the residence of the Minister in Bhubaneswar. Protests also erupted in Kalahandi, the home constituency of Dibyashankar where Congress workers staged a dharna in front of the Bhawanipatna town police station and burnt posters of CM Naveen Patnaik.
Odisha LoP writes to CM Naveen
Leader of Opposition in the Odisha Assembly, Pradipta Naik on Tuesday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanding an investigation by the CBI to uncover the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the lady teacher and alleged a sex racket at the school. He also demanded the resignation of the Minister on moral grounds stating that a thorough enquiry cannot be conducted if the Minister himself is in the charge of the Home Department as there will be every chance of a conflict of interest.
Prime suspect Gobinda Sahu arrested
Gobinda Sahu was finally nabbed by Bolangir Police on Tuesday evening. He was traced to a sugarcane field at Budhipadar village under Bangamunda block of Bolangir where he had been reportedly hiding. He was later taken to Bolangir SP office for detailed questioning in connection with the case.
Sahu declared most wanted
Bolangir police put up posters of school president Gobinda Sahu, who had escaped from police custody on Sunday night, declaring him most wanted. Earlier, a cash reward of Rs 20,000 was announced for sharing information on Sahu. Later, it was increased to Rs 1,00,000.
BJD’s Debi Mishra defends
Reacting on the allegation of the involvement of Mishra in the case, BJD vice-president Debi Mishra said facts should be established first before levelling allegations.
"Just levelling allegations won’t prove one guilty. Law will follow its own course, culprit will definitely be punished," said Mishra.
BJP demands resignation of Mishra
State BJP president Samir Mohanty demanded the resignation of the Minister and the immediate handing over of the investigation into the case to the CBI.
Congress demonstrates demanding Minister’s resignation
Congress activists staged protest outside Bhawanipatna Police Station alleging the involvement of Minister of States (Home) Dibyashankar Mishra in the incident. The party demanded a CBI probe into the incident and resignation from the Minister.
Decomposed body recovered
Kalahandi Police exhumed the charred remains of a body from an under-construction stadium near the school campus. However, the identity could not be established, the family members of Mamita identified her belongings like gold chain, anklet and purse found near the dead body.
Opposition accuses minister of shielding Sahu
Opposition parties including BJP and Congress targeted Odisha Government of shielding the accused as Minister of State of Home Affairs, Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra had once endorsed Sahu from a stage and heaped praises on him for being an educationist and philanthropist, putting the ruling BJD in a tight spot over the issue.
FIR lodged against Gobinda Sahu & his escape
An FIR naming Sahu was lodged by Bunty, Mamita’s sister, at the Sindhikela Police Station on October 13. It was only after that police took Sahu for questioning. However, he fled from police custody on Sunday night which raised eyebrows on the security arrangements at the Titlagarh Police barracks.
Three police personnel who were guarding Sahu at the police barracks were suspended from service by the Titlagarh SP for dereliction of duty on October 18.
Serious allegations against Sahu
Bunty, Mamita’s brother alleged that Sahu had forced many women employees at the school to keep illicit relationship with him. In fact, he was directly involved in the missing of Mamita because she threatened to expose him.
An audio clip of a telephonic conversation between a colleague of Mamita and Bunty also went viral where the former was heard mentioning about the sexual harassment met to the female employees at the school and Mamita’s threatening to Sahu.
Mamita’s family members worried over her non-response
Her parents made all efforts to contact her but failed. Her family also tried to lodge a missing complaint at Kegaon police station in Kalahandi but the police reportedly refused to take the complaint. Following this, they contacted Gobinda Sahu who assured them that she would be traced with help from local MLA and Minister Dibyashankar Mishra, Mamita’s father alleged.
Disappearance of Mamita
As per Mamita's father', she left for Mahaling from her village Jharni near Tureikela in Bolangir district on October 8 after receiving a phone call. She boarded the lone bus Bajrangbali which commutes through the area and was received by Gobinda Sahu in a car near Sindhikela Chandatara. Both reportedly roam around the area in the car and also went for shopping, the CCTV footage of which is with the police.