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Ananya Padhihary

Amid the ongoing political outrage over the Mahaling school teacher Mamita Meher’s murder case, the Congress party in Odisha has demanded the resignation of the Minister of State (MoS) for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra in order to facilitate an ‘unbiased’ probe into the matter.

Alleging the involvement of the Minister Dibya Shankar, Congress spokesperson Nishikant Mishra, in a press conference on Saturday, said, “Given the sensitivity of the matter, the Minister should resign on moral grounds in the interest of an impartial investigation into the murder case.”

Mishra also charged the Kalahandi district Superintendent of Police and the State Director General of Police with shielding the prime accused.

Dibya Shankar Mishra, who holds the important portfolio in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet, finds himself under the close the scrutiny of Opposition parties for his alleged ties with the prime accused in the murder, Gobinda Sahu who is also the managing committee president of Sunshine English Medium School where the deceased worked. The Opposition BJP and Congress have joined forces in demanding the dismissal of the Minister.

The call for his removal grew louder when the BJP on Saturday intensified stir against the ruling BJD government by observing bandh in Gajapati and Jharsuguda districts demanding his dismissal from the cabinet and arrest.

Earlier, senior Congress leader and former MP Bhakta Das also had called for a ‘Janata Curfew’ in Kalahandi district on November 8 as a mark of protest during the scheduled visit of the Chief Minister to the district.

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