Sharmili Mallick

In the latest development in the Kalahandi school teacher Mamita Meher murder case, the Bolangir Police on Monday seized the JCB machine and scooty used in the crime by Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in the case.

As per reports, both the vehicles were seized from Mahaling In Kalahandi district and brought to the Sindhekela Police Station for investigation.

During the interrogation, Sahu admitted that he had used the JCB to bury the dead body of Mamita in the 10-feet deep pit that was dug before the murder on October 8 at Mahaling Stadium while he used the two-wheeler to bring tyres that were used to burn dead school teacher.

On the other hand, the BJP’s Bargarh district unit on Monday observed an eight-hour bandh in the region to mount further pressure on the government to oust MoS (Home) Dibya Shankar Mishra in the wake of his alleged complicity in the case. 

This apart, the party workers also slammed the state government and the police for delaying in taking noticeable action against the culprits involved in the custodial death of local youth named Gobinda Kumbhar last month.

The shutdown which will be observed till 2 pm has disrupted normal life with markets, shops and government and non-government institutions closed across the district.

The agitating BJP members also picketed at several key locations of Bargarh Town and blocked the national highway affecting vehicular communication to and from the town.

"Although Mamita was murdered, burnt under the knowledge of Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra, CM Naveen Patnaik is silent on the matter.

On the other hand, we also have been protesting the custodial death of Gobinda for the last one month. He was beaten to death by the police personnel but the district administration or State Government is yet to take any action against the accused cops,” said a BJP leader who was picketing at Gandhi Chhak in Bargarh Town.

"We need a CBI probe into the incidents or else, we will intensify our protest,” said another agitating BJP member.