Sharmili Mallick

Hundreds of activists of BJP Yuva Morcha (BJPYM) on Thursday tried to gherao the DCP’s office in Bhubaneswar in a bid to pressurise the Odisha Government and the State police administration over its demand to remove and arrest Minister of State for Home, Dibya Shankar Mishra whose name has been linked to the sensational murder of Kalahandi school teacher Mamita Meher.

The members of the saffron party’s youth wing led by BJP’s Bhubaneswar district president, Babu Singh, took out a march from Vani Vihar and tried to gate crash the DCP office by breaking police barricades.

Following this, a scuffle ensued between the agitators and the police personnel. Later, many activists were detained by the cops to maintain law and order.

The BJP has been targeting the Minister for his alleged proximity to Gobinda Sahu , the prime accused in the murder of Mamita, a teacher at Sunshine English Medium School in Kalahandi’s Mahaling. The BJP has also alleged that Sahu was operating a sex racket in the school in connivance with Mishra.

The youth wing of the saffron party has also sought a CBI probe into the murder.

Targeting CM Naveen for his silence on the sensational murder case, Singh said “It seems CM Naveen Patnaik has shut his eyes and is in deep slumber. Crimes against women have drastically increased in the State but the government prefers to keep mum. No action has been taken against Mishra even after we gave proof about his proximity to the accused in the murder,”

“BJP will take the agitation to every nook and corner of the State if the Minister is not dismissed and arrested at the earliest. People will dump the BJD-led State Government in the Bay of Bengal very soon,” Singh said.

An agitating member of the BJPYM said, “Mishra is directly involved in the kidnapping and murder of Mamita Meher. The BJP Yuva Morcha had gheraoed SP offices across the State and the agitation at the DCP office today is a part of it. The youth wing will intensify the agitation across the State in the coming days,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, a 15-member BJP team led by the party’s State president Samir Mohanty visited Jharni village in Bolangir district and met family members of the deceased school teacher.