Sharmili Mallick

With each passing day, the chorus to sack the ministers under cloud in the Naveen Patnaik  cabinet is growing louder. 

After the National Commission for Women (NCW) had demanded the removal of Home Minister Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today has asked for the ouster of Mishra to ensure fair probe into the sensational murder of Mamita Meher.

Speaking to OTV, Chairperson of the NCPCR, Priyank Kanoongo said that the commission has directed the State Government to investigate the sexual exploitation allegations at Sunshine Model School in Kalahandi’s Mahaling and submit a report in this regard within seven days.

The move came after a Delhi-based activist group Kalinga Rights Forum filed a complaint against the alleged sex racket being operated at the school that had led to the murder of Mamita.

“After receiving a complaint from the NGO Kalinga Rights Forum, the Commission has written a letter to the State Government to initiate an enquiry and submit a report in seven days,” she informed.

Kanoongo further added that the Commission has asked the government to speak to the students studying in the school and record their statements. The State Government has been urged to take the help of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), if required. The complainant has accused two ministers of having links with the case as they used to visit the school often.”

“After we receive the report from Kalahandi SP, we will send a team of NCPR for detailed investigation, if need arises,” added Kanoongo.

Demanding the removal of the two ministers- Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra and State Law Minister Pratap Jena—the NCPCR Chairperson said, “If we feel, there are anomalies in the report submitted by the State Government, we will definitely send a team. However, the CM should think and remove the ministers so that a fair probe can be ensured in the case,” She stated.