Mrunal Manmay Dash

The sensational Anjana Mishra gang rape case which hogged the headlines of every newspaper in 1999 is again in the news after the victim, Anjana Mishra raised questions on why the trial has not yet begun even after arrest of the prime accused, Biban Biswal two years back.

Mishra suspected a deep-rooted conspiracy in the case and feared that some influential persons are trying to sweep the case under the rug.

Speaking to OTV, Mishra said, “Biban was arrested a year back, but the trial is yet to start. Some influential persons are trying to delay the trial. They are the same persons who shielded him for 22 years after the crime.”

Asked about the suspected conspirators, Mishra said, “Two of them, Indrajeet Ray and JB Patnaik are already dead. There are others too who are trying to close the case by delaying trial.”

It may be recalled here that Mishra was gang raped by Biban Biswal and two others on the night of January 9, 1999 near Barang in Cuttack. Biban, the prime accused in the case, who was on the run for 22 years, was arrested by Commissionerate Police from Aamby Valley near Lonavala in Maharashtra in February 2021.

Mishra has been demanding capital punishment for Biban Biswal and had earlier accused the CBI of not cooperating her in the case. She further alleged that due the lackadaisical attitude of the CBI, she is yet to get justice.

Mishra had requested the Orissa High Court to direct the CBI to divulge information extracted from main accused Biban Biswal regarding the involvement of more persons in the case.

(Reported By Alok Mohanty, OTV)