Mrunal Manmay Dash

A tribal outfit, ‘District Adivasi Mahasangha’ launched a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Rayagada district on Friday protesting against the alleged failure of police to nab those responsible for the death of ‘Maa Gruha’ warden Laxmi Majhi.

The protestors demanded a CBI probe into the case.

The Bandh will be observed in all the 11 blocks of the district from 6am to 6pm. They have urged the people to support the bandh so that Majhi gets justice.

A local tribal girl, Majhi’s half-charred body was found in the Maa Gruha located on the premises of Chandrapur Medical on December 21.

She was allegedly set ablaze by unknown miscreants. An FIR was filed at the Chandrapur police station by her father on December 22 alleging murder.

Speaking about the bandh, Zilla Adivasi Mahasangh president, Appalswami Kadraka said, “This is a fight for justice. We have called for a 12-hour strike in Rayagada. The police have failed to crack Laxmi Majhi’s death case. They have not even revealed the post-mortem report making people suspicious of a cover-up by the State government. The Police are definitely trying to shield some influential persons involved in this case.”

It is pertinent to mention here that mystery still shrouds the death of Majhi even though the Crime Branch took over the probe into the sensational case 15 days back.

The police have not disclosed the post-mortem report of Majhi even after 15 days of her death and 14 days after the FIR which has deepened the ongoing mystery surrounding her death.

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  • Maudi Barik