Rashmi Ranjan

Coming down heavily on the Odisha government over Mamita Meher murder case, the Opposition - BJP and Congress have alleged that the BJD government is pressuring the family members of the victim to change their stand on the case ahead of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Kalahandi visit on Monday.

Launching a scathing attack on the government, Sundargarh MP and former Union Minister Jual Oram said, “I doubt if CM Naveen is aware of Mamita murder case. He used to strictly deal with corruption but now, he is not even taking action against minister(s) accused of being involved in a murder case.”

“Family of the deceased lady teacher has been pressurised to change their mind ahead of the CM’s visit to Kalahandi. And, that's the reason why they are not coming out against Minister of State (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra anymore,” alleged Oram.

We will continue our protest till Mishra is not dismissed, said the tribal leader.

Echoing similar views, Senior Congress leader and MLA Sura Routray said the family members of the lady teacher have changed their stand after being coerced by the BJD government.

“Earlier, the parents of the deceased lady teacher were alleging that their daughter was kidnapped and murdered. Now they are saying not to question their daughter’s character. The pressure from the State government has forced them to change their statement,” Routray alleged.

However, no comments could be obtained from the BJD over the allegation levelled by the Opposition.

Earlier in the day, minister Mishra, who is in the firing-line of the Opposition for his alleged links with the prime accused in lady teacher Mamita Meher murder case, was greeted with black flags and eggs during his visit to Junagarh in Kalahandi district. 
As per the initial reports, 

BJP activities allegedly hurled eggs at the Minister’s vehicle near College chhak and showed black flags as a mark of protest.