Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Following his remarks on involvement of SOG jawans in the Kunduli gang rape case few days back, BJD Dalit cell president Bishnu Das drew ire of party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.

When Das was at the Chief Minister's residence - Naveen Nivas to meet him, Patnaik was seen speaking to the BJD dalit cell chief in a displeased manner.

Later Das told media persons the Chief Minister was angry with him as he was a bit late to reach the Naveen Nivas.

Minutes earlier he said, "I did not get a chance to talk to the Chief Minister as he was busy with the programme. Whenever I will get an appointment again, I will meet him and talk about the Kunduli issue."

He further stated, "As people have been demanding for a fair investigation into the Kunduli gang rape case, I asked for a probe by the  Crime Branch."

When asked whether he would demand for a Crime Branch investigation during the future meeting with the chief CM, Das said, "I will give further comments on it only after talking to the CM." He emphatically said the truth will come out after the crime branch probe.

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On November 3, Das had stated that based on the statements of the gang rape survivor and on spot inquiry conducted by the Dalit cell team, SOG jawans’ involvement in the incident is suspected as the accused wore military uniform and had covered their faces with black bandana.

In a related development, the State unit of BJP had lodged a police complaint against Das yesterday for disclosing the name and address of gang rape survivor.

A team led by BJP State Secretary Dilip Mallick had visited the Mahila police station in Bhubaneswar and filed the complaint demanding that Das should be punished for making the survivor’s identity public.