NHRC orders probe into abduction of woman by BJD MLA

Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Odisha government to conduct a fresh inquiry by the Crime Branch into the alleged involvement of BJD MLA Debasish Nayak in molesting and abducting a woman in November 2013.

The NHRC directed the State chief secretary and the director-general of police (DGP) to conduct an inquiry by the CB/CID and submit action taken report within four weeks, said human rights activist Subash Mohapatra, who had filed the complaint, on Wednesday.

According to the complaint, the woman had approached Nayak, the ruling Biju Janata Dal legislator from Bari, at his official residence here on November 13, 2013, to complain about the irregularities in distribution of flood relief to the affected people.

However, the woman was tortured by the legislator and his associates at the house, said the complaint.
The victim, a resident of Ratalanga in Bari, complained that they also allegedly threatened her of dire consequences if she dared to lodge a complaint with the police against them.

After the woman lodged a complaint with Mahila Police here, the accused and his men abducted her and kept her in confinement. When she escaped on November 15, 2013, she was again abducted by the MLA’s associates. However, she was rescued by police in the same month.

Though several accused were arrested by police in the case later, Nayak had been denying any involvement in the case.