Ramakanta Biswas

Upping the ante on the ruling BJD ministers, the principal opposition party in the State, BJP, has on Thursday moved to the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) seeking its immediate intervention in the murder case of lady teacher Mamita Meher.

The saffron party has alleged that the State police are trying to shield the Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra. 

A delegation of the party moved the rights body and alleged that though the family members of the deceased had made repeated claims that the minister has frequently visited the school and stayed there, the police have not brought him under the purview of investigation so far. 

Addressing a presser in Bhubaneswar, BJP general secretary Lekhashree Samantsinghar also targeted the State government over the issue. BJP State president Samir Mohanty, who is currently on Sambalpur visit, also termed the incident shameful.

"It is an unfortunate and shameful incident. People in Odisha have lost faith in the police. We feel ashamed of such incident," Mohanty said.  

Senior Congress leader Bhakta Das has also launched a direct attack on Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra and is strongly suspected of his involvement, along with Gobinda Sahu, in the murder of the lady teacher.

"The State government must remove Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra and arrest him. Along with Gobinda Sahu, another person was involved in the murder. The person is none other than the Minister, which is an open fact now," the Congress leader said.

Meanwhile, another minister in the BJD government, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, gave clarification regarding his visit to the school in Mahaling. 

"Usually ministers visit different places after being invited. Therefore, I had visited the school for a programme," the minister clarified.
Asked about reports of awarding grants to the private school, the minister termed it as mere speculations.