Lady doctor

Bhubaneswar: National Commission for Women (NCW), investigating the mysterious death of a lady Ayurvedic doctor found dead on the railway tracks at Malatipatpur in Puri district on October 12 last year, recommended the state government to handover investigation of the case to the CBI for uninfluenced, fair and impartial probe. Expressing dissatisfaction over the Crime Branch’s investigation into the case the commission, in its preliminary report, suspected Brahmagiri MLA Sanjay Dasburma's "possible involvement" in the case.

"We do not feel the state police is undertaking investigation into the death case involving a lady doctor in right way. Therefore, we suggest the Odisha government to recommend a CBI probe into the matter," said Mamata Sharma, chairperson, NCW in Delhi.

Notably, Sanjay Dasburma, the Brahmagiri BJD MLA had written a letter to CDMO, Puri Headquarter Hospital on 8th August last year recommending transfer of another doctor in the lady doctor’s post. Subsequently the same MLA had sent a letter recommending that “she (the lady doctor) should not be disturbed and to continue in her post.”

Alleging that the state government did not cooperate with NCW team during its visit to Odisha to probe the matter and defaulted in protocol the report said, "…there is an attempt to obstruct inquiry by the Commission in order to protect the ruling party MLA."

Meanwhile, Dasburma, who agreed to CBI probe recommended by the NCW, questioned the veracity of the report.

“I am ready to face CBI investigation. But before that how the NCW filed such report (suspecting Dasburma’s possible involvement) after seven months should be verified,” the BJD legislator said.
 
He indicated at the report’s “biased nature” saying that Pradhan, who was a member of the Inquiry Committee, is the president of Puri district women Congress.