Itishree murder: CBI announces Rs 2L prize for info on culprit

Bhubaneswar: In a last ditch effort to get to the real culprit in the sensational murder of former Tikiri teacher Itishree Pradhan, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has announced a hefty cash prize of Rs 2 lakh for information about the perpetrator who is still at large even three years after the heinous crime.

The central probe agency issued posters announcing a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh for any information leading to the main assailant in the lady teacher murder case.

In 2015, the Supreme court had ordered the central investigating agency to form a team to nab the main culprit, who poured kerosene on the 28-year old teacher and set her ablaze on the fateful night of October 27,2013.

Born in Puri, Pradhan was working in the upper primary school at Tikiri in Rayagada district on contractual basis on a monthly salary of Rs 4000. During her initial period of posting, she had found it difficult to live there. Inspector of School Netranadan Dandasena had assured her of every help and had sought sexual favors which she had opposed strongly.

The lady teachers’s ordeal started after she lodged an FIR against Dandasena at Tikiri police station. She was pressurised relentlessly to withdraw the complaint.

Irked over her refusal, the assailant, who is currently in the CBI wanted list, had torched her saying that she had to pay the price for not withdrawing the FIR. She was admitted to a private hospital in Vishakahapatnam where she succumbed to the burn injuries five days after the incident.

Though the State government had ordered Crime Branch to investigate the murder case, the State agency had reportedly failed to make any major breakthrough in the case.

The apex court, while hearing a PIL filed by Bangalore based Odia law graduate Sudipta Lenka, had handed over the charge of inquiry to CBI in January 2015.