Pradeep Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s statement on Naba Das murder case in the Assembly has provided a peg to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hang its attack on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led government. 

Recently, during the Assembly session, CM Patnaik said that the police are losing their willpower as the Opposition party is criticising them. 

Referring to an incident that occurred in 2005, BJP spokesperson Manoj Mahapatra said, “In 2005, then minister Prafulla Mallik attacked Kamakhyanagar IIC Ratan Kumar Sahu and vandalised government properties. Did the police lose their willpower then?”

“The Bharatiya Janata Party is demanding that the case should immediately be handed over to the CBI if the Chief Minister really wants to give justice to the family of Naba Das,” said Mahapatra. 

“Even as 27 days have passed since the murder of Naba Das, the Crime Branch is groping in the darkness as the motive behind the murder is still a mystery. There is no mention of Section 120 of IPC  in the FIR. Have the statements of the witnesses been recorded under Section 161 of CrPC?,” asked Mahapatra. 

He also wanted to know whether the call detail record (CDR) of Gopal Das is investigated or not. 

“It is not clear whether the BJD is in favour of providing justice to the family of Naba Das or protecting Gopal Das,” he added.   

However, BJD's response to the criticism by Opposition couldn't be obtained.