Mrunal Manmay Dash

The women wing of State BJP on Saturday scuffled with the Police during their hearse parade to Naveen Niwas from Ram Mandir square, the official residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, demanding ouster of MoS (Home), Dibya Shankar Mishra whose name has come up in the sensational Mamita Meher Murder case.

The women activists carried out a hearse symbolic of the alleged dead law and order situation in Odisha. The activists carried placards and resorted to sloganeering during the march.

The scuffle occurred when police put barricades at the Sishu Bhawan square in Bhubaneswar to stop their march towards the CM's residence.

"There are a lot of questions which need to be answered by the government. When we all know that Minister Mishra is involved in the murder of Mamita Meher, he has been unlawfully shielded by the ruling party," alleged a protestor.

“He is still the MoS for Home Affairs. How can an impartial probe be conducted when Mishra is still at the helm,” asked another activist.

Besides, the members of BJP Yuva Morcha gheraoed Kalahandi SP office today demanding suspension of Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra over his alleged links with Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in the murder of the lady teacher.

However, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) refuted the allegations and termed it as politically motivated.

Addressing a press conference in Bhubaneswar, BJD Spokesperson, Elina Das said, “The Mahila Morcha of BJP practices cheap politics by unnecessarily politicising a murder case in which the accused has already been apprehended.”

“The allegations they are levelling against a Minister do not have any basis. There is no proof of his involvement in the murder case. The accused have been arrested and they will be prosecuted as per the law. The BJP should refrain from politicising this sensitive issue only to be in the limelight,” she added.

It is pertinent to mention here that the prime accused in the murder case, Gobinda Sahu was nabbed from a sugarcane field on Tuesday hours after he allegedly staged a dramatic escape from the police barracks at Titlagarh where he was taken for questioning in connection with the disappearance of the lady teacher.

During questioning Sahu allegedly told the police that he killed Mamita inside his car. Later, Balangir police also arrested Sahu's associate Radheshyam Chandi alias Radhe and produced him before the Bangomunda SDJM court.

The Opposition has been accusing minister Dibya Shankar Mishra of propping up the main accused Gobinda Sahu. Both parties have hit the streets staging state-wide protests demanding the removal of Minister Mishra.