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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: BJP State president Samir Mohanty has accused the Congress party of colluding with the State government over the Pari murder case.

“Minister Arun Sahoo is protecting the prime accused in Pari murder case while the State government is shielding the Minister. It is surprising that the Congress unit in the State is shielding the Odisha government over the issue which has created outrage across the State,” Mohanty said while addressing a press conference on Tuesday to announce the party’s plans to launch ‘Padayatra’ across 147 assembly constituencies in the State demanding justice for the hapless family of the five-year-old girl who was brutally murdered following her abduction in July this year.

“The Padayatra will be launched soon and it would cover around 10 km in every assembly segment to spread awareness among the people,” stated Mohanty.

Mohanty urged citizens, intellectuals, students’ unions and social activists to take part in the Padayatra.

“We are a democracy and we will put popular pressure on the government to provide adequate justice to the family of the deceased,” said Mohanty.

Mohanty also reiterated the BJP’s demand for a CBI probe into the murder case and ouster of Higher Education Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo.

He said police is still to take action against prime accused Babuli Nayak as he happens to be close to Minister Sahoo.

“The parents of Pari have openly alleged Sahoo’s involvement in the incident. We demand the Minister’s ouster. We also demand a CBI inquiry instead of the current SIT probe to bring the culprits to book,” he said.

Five-year-old Pari from Jadupur village in Nayagarh district had been abducted from near her residence on July 13 before her skeletal remains were found in a sack in the backyard of her house 10 days later.

Though Pari’s parents had lodged a complaint with the police, the latter allegedly did not act against the accused. Parents of Pari had attempted to immolate themselves in front of the Assembly during the Winter Session, protesting against the inaction of the police and demanding justice.

The incident had created a furore in the House with Opposition BJP and Congress stalling the proceedings for several days.

The State Government had first ordered a Crime Branch inquiry and later, bowing to pressure, a court-monitored SIT probe headed by IGP Arun Bothra.

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