Bhubaneswar/ Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Monday issued notice to the Odisha Chief Secretary seeking a report on the status of investigation into the alleged kidnapping and subsequent murder of Pari, a five-year-old girl from Nayagarh district whose skeletal remains were found days after she went missing in the month of July this year.
Taking suo motu cognizance of the incident based on news reports published by Odishatv.in and OTV, the Commission registered a case and directed the Chief Secretary to submit the status report and other documents related to the case within 10 days.
The NCPCR has also discussed the matter with Nayagarh Collector and SP to conduct a detailed probe into the incident.
The NCPCR has also sought important documents in the Pari murder case including age proof of the victim, FIR copy, autopsy report, action taken against the accused and present status of the case within 10 days.
It is pertinent to mention here that the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Pari triggered massive public outrage in Odisha with Opposition BJP going all guns blazing against the State government over the delay in the investigation. The BJP has mounted a massive attack on the State government by pressing for the expulsion of Minister Arun Sahoo for his alleged complicity in the murder case.
Sahoo is now in the target of the Opposition after the five-year-old girl's parents attempted suicide in front of Odisha Assembly on November 24 and accused the Minister of shielding Babuli Nayak, the prime accused in the case.
Earlier in the day, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra had urged the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to form a committee to launch a separate probe into the kidnapping and murder of Pari and also into allegations pertaining to the involvement of an organ trafficking racket.
Patra, who submitted a memorandum in this regard to the NCPCR Chairman, Priyank Kanoongo in Delhi on Monday, demanded that the role of the State Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo, as was evident from audio-tape conversation that went viral, should be probed thoroughly.