Activist Ranjan Das Murder: RTI Forum Demands CBI Probe, Calls For State-Wide Protest
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhiyan, a forum of RTI activists in the State, has decided to launch state-wide protests from December 6 to 12 and a protest in front of the Chief Minister’s residence on December 14 over the alleged police inaction in the murder case of RTI activist Ranjan Das that took place in February this year.
On Saturday, the State convener of the forum, Pradeep Pradhan, announced the state-wide agitation plans while demanding CBI inquiry in to the brutal murder of the rights activist.
He also demanded the suspension of BJD’s Mahakalapada MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak for his alleged involvement in the case and strict action against the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kendrapara for soft peddling into the case.
The Kendrapara district convenor of the forum, Pratap Mohanty also echoed similar voice and demanded an investigation by a Central agency.
“Mahakalapada MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak hatched a conspiracy in connivance with the police in making Ranjan Das’ murder look like an accident. I thank the now suspended BJD MLA Pradeep Panigrahi for exposing Nayak’s links in the murder. Nayak should be immediately suspended from BJD and brought under the purview of investigation. The State government should hand over the case to the CBI” demanded Mohanty.
Noted RTI activist and famous Dalit leader from Kendrapara, Ranjan Das was found murdered outside his house at Baruaan under Marshaghai police limits in the district in February this year. The mutilated body of Das had been found in a ditch along with his motorcycle, just 2 km away from his home.
Police had ruled out murder and attributed the cause of death to accidental. His family members had debunked the police claims and alleged that police didn’t investigate the case in a fair manner.
The 35-year-old activist was under the target of mafias for filing multiple RTI applications in connection with several irregularities in Kendrapara district.
He and his family members were regularly receiving death threats for seeking information on various illegal brick kilns.