Mrunal Manmay Dash

My father's biggest achievement in his lifetime is the trust & faith of people, said Dipali Das, late Naba Kishore Das’ daughter, at her father’s 12th day condolence meeting held in Jharsuguda on Thursday.

"He (Naba Das) is no more with us, but he has left behind the trust & faith of people which he earned as a leader. The sheer number of people standing with our family in this hour of grief is overwhelming. We feel so proud to be his children,” Dipali added.

“My father’s only dream was development of Jharsuguda. I would like to thank all those who extended their help and blessings including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,” she said.

The condolence meeting was held at the Sarabahal school ground to observe deceased Naba Das’ 12th day ritual. Huge number of supporters and political bigwigs including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attended the event.

Odisha Minister Ashok Panda said, “As a colleague, I had the privilege to know him from close quarters. He was an amicable person who worshipped his work like none other.”

Cuttack Mayor and BJD leader Subash Singh said, “Thousands of people joined the condolence meeting today, which shows their love and respect for the departed leader. It also indicates that all the people who joined the meeting had only one agenda on their mind and that was development of Jharsuguda.”

In a related development, the Orissa High Court on Thursday quashed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a CBI probe in Naba Das murder case.

While an investigation by the State Crime Branch is underway into the high-profile murder case, the Bharatiya Vikash Parishad (BVP) had filed a petition seeking a CBI probe.

(Reported By Bhagirathi Behera & Pawan Tiwari, OTV)