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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Demanding CBI probe into the murder of one Bhagirathi Mandangi in 2010, senior BJP leader Jayaram Pangi today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.

Speaking to media, Pangi said the Odisha Crime Branch has failed to bring the culprits in the murder case to book even after eight years of investigation and hence he has urged the Home Minister to order a CBI inquiry into the case.

"We met the Home Minister and apprised him about the murder case of Mandangi. Even after eight years, the Crime Branch is yet to arrest or identify the culprits. The reason behind such inaction is the involvement of a powerful BJD leader and attempts are being made to shield him. Therefore, we demanded for a CBI inquiry," said Pangi.

Revealing further details, he said: "Locals (residents of Rayagada) have been alleging involvement of BJD MP N Bhaskar Rao in the murder. We have also written to the President of India in this regard. But neither the Odisha government nor the CB is taking any step in this regard."

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Mandangi, a former councillor of Rayagada municipality, went missing for a few days before his body was found on December 18, 2010, near Komarada in Andhra Pradesh.

MP Rao is yet to comment on Pangi’s allegations.

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