Mrunal Manmay Dash

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) intensified its agitation in Bhubaneswar demanding the ouster of MoS (Home), Dibyashankar Mishra over his alleged involvement in the Kalahandi lady teacher Mamita Meher murder, echoes were heard in the Parliament when Bargarh MP, Suresh Pujari raised the issue in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Addressing the House, Pujari said that the Odisha government is incapable of handling the Mamita murder case as its MoS (Home) is allegedly involved in it. Similarly, the Pari murder case (of Nayagarh), Govinda Kumbhar custodial death case and the sensational Mahanga double murder too remain unsolved because of the alleged involvement of different leaders from the ruling BJD in Odisha, the BJP MP said.

Pujari requested the Speaker to bring these cases to the notice of Union Home Minister and order CBI probe into all these cases in the interest of fair investigation.

It is pertinent to mention here that apart from the Mamita Meher case where MoS Mishra’s name has cropped up, the involvement of several BJD Ministers have also been alleged in other crimes.

While Higher Education Minister Arun Sahu was alleged to have been shielding a party worker in the sensational Pari murder case in Nayagarh, Law and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena has been accused by the victim’s family in the Mahanga double murder case where BJP leader Kulamani Baral and his associate were brutally murdered.

Meanwhile, the BJP unit in Odisha is up in arms demanding the ouster of MoS Mishra. Hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists took to the streets of Odisha's Capital city of Bhubaneswar on Thursday to gherao the State Assembly demanding the removal of Minister Mishra from the State cabinet over his alleged involvement in the lady teacher murder case.

They were stopped at the lower PMG by the police, following which they staged a sit-in after breaking the barricades in front of the Assembly building. However, later the protest turned violent after the saffron party activists tried to make forced entry by breaking the police cordon.