Sharmili Mallick

Demanding the removal and arrest of Minister of State (MoS) for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged links with Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in the Mahaling school teacher Mamita Meher’s murder case, senior Congress leader and former MP Bhakta Das has called for a ‘Janata Curfew’ in Kalahandi district on November 8. 

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to visit the district on November 8 for the distribution of the smart health card of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) to the beneficiaries and the inauguration of various welfare schemes in the district.

Stating that the murder of the Mahaling school teacher is a shame on humanity, Das appealed, “I request the people of Kalahandi to observe Janata curfew on November 8 to protest CM Naveen’s visit to the district.”

Das also appealed to observe two minutes of silence at 11 am on November 7 at their homes and pray for the salvation of the soul of Mamita Meher and pray for justice for the family members of the deceased.

“Attempts are being made to protect some influential political leaders in the case which is a mockery of the Indian Constitution,” alleged Das.

Earlier on November 2, Congress had threatened to observe Odisha Bandh on November 12. The Congress had warned of dire consequences if the CM dithers on dropping Minister Mishra from the cabinet by November 10 over his alleged complicity in the murder of Mamita Meher.