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HC asks police to register Pipili attack case

Cuttack: The High Court has directed the Pipili police to register a case on the basis of an FIR filed by an advocate whose house was allegedly attacked last month. The advocate Nishikant Mishra in a writ had approached the HC stating that his house under Pipili police station area was attacked with bombs by local MLA and senior BJD leader and ruling BJD MLA, former Minister Pradeep Maharathy along with some 25-30 of his supporters around 10:30 pm on March 25.

Although Mishra had filed an FIR in this connection with the state DGP and sent copies of the FIR to Puri SP, Pipili SDPO and local police station, the police have not registered a case on the basis of the police complaint.

Adjudicating over the writ, the bench of Justice C R Dash on Thursday directed the police to immediately register a case and conduct investigation. At the same time the HC also asked the state to file a counter within seven days detailing what possible security could be provided to the advocate and to his family as they are under constant threat.

Mishra claims that he and is family is under threat from anti-social elements ever since he appeared as a witness before Justice (Retd) P K Mohanty Commission which is now probing into the sensational Pipili rape case. Mishra too had brought this to the notice of the Judicial Commission seeking protection of the witnesses as anti-social elements with vested interest are targeting the witnesses.

Rejecting a status report by the government in this connection, the HC asked the state government to file a fresh affidavit by next week detailing security measures to the advocate and his family members.

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