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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday urged Odisha Governor to take urgent measures for a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murder of Pari, a five-year-old girl from Nayagarh district whose skeletal remains were found near her house in Nayagarh district in July this year.

In its memorandum, the BJP has also sought the expulsion of Minister Arun Sahoo for his alleged complicity in the case.

Leader of the Opposition, Pradipta Naik slammed Odisha government for its lackadaisical approach in the entire investigation of the Pari case so far. He also criticised the State government’s move to adjourn the Odisha Assembly sine die without proper discussion on the matter.

“The Assembly was dissolved by the Odisha government unconstitutionally. The ruling BJD does not allow the House to function whenever fingers are raised against the Chief Minister. We wanted a discussion on Pari murder case in the House but they (BJD) did not accept,” alleged Naik.

According to Naik, the skeletal remains of the girl was recovered almost 9 days after she went missing from near her residence. It appears that she was abducted before being killed at some other place and later dumped behind the backyard of her house at Jadupur village, he said.

“The Government doesn’t want the perpetrators of the brutal murder case to be booked. We suspect that the Government is shielding Minister Arun Sahoo as well Babuli Nayak, the prime accused in the case,” said Naik.

Deputy leader of the Opposition, Bishnu Sethi said, “The Governor is the guardian of the Constitution. We had created pandemonium in the House to raise the issue of children who are not safe in Odisha. At present more than 5000 children are missing.”

Earlier in the day, the activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a demonstration on the Pari murder case and demanded immediate resignation of Minister Arun Sahoo.

The ABVP activists tried to gherao Minister Arun Sahoo’s residence when they were stopped by police. Over 50 workers of the outfit were taken into preventive custody.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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