The Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Rekha Sharma on Thursday sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the sensational Kalahandi lady teacher Mamita Meher murder case in Odisha.
Northern Range DIG Deepak Kumar has been accused of trying to give a clean chit to the Bolangir police in the middle of the probe which surprised many.
Coming down heavily on Naveen Patnaik, BJP Bhubaneswar organisational district president, Babu Singh, said they have been staging protests and bandhs for the last couple of days, demanding the removal of Minister Dibyashankar Mishra and justice to the victim's family. “But Naveen Patnaik has been maintaining a stoic silence. This is why we have launched a 'halla bol' agitation against the 21 year- old government,” he said.
The battle cry for justice to the murdered Kalahandi Mahaling Sunshine School teacher Mamita Meher saw a major development on Tuesday as her parents moved the Orissa High Court seeking completion of the probe into her sensational murder case in a stipulated time.
Meanwhile, Mishra, during a briefing to media persons at Bhubaneswar, said he would like to raise his concerns over two aspects of the investigation into the murder case wherein the interference by the Northern range DIG was unwarranted.
We had sought tour details of the Minister. He was with Gobinda and the deceased girl on September 18, 19 and 20 in Raipur. However, we are unable to get his tour details during the same period, said Congress leader Bhakta Das
The DIG said while statements of 10 witnesses have so far been recorded under Section 164 of CrPC, police have recorded statements of over 100 witnesses under Section 161 of CrPC.
As directed by the HC, the members of Congress held peaceful demonstrations at several parts of the State. However, normal life remained unaffected in the six-hour bandh as most of the shops and business establishments remained open in the State, including in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
Odisha Congress has called a six-hour bandh (from 6 am to 12 pm) in the State on November 12 protesting the rising crime against women and seeking justice for the slain lady teacher. However, all emergency services including ambulance, milk vehicles etc, have been exempted during the shutdown.
Behera was on a day-long visit to the village for the distribution of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) smart cards to the beneficiaries, said reports.
Dibya Shankar Mishra, who holds the important portfolio in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet, finds himself under the close the scrutiny of Opposition parties for his alleged ties with the prime accused in the murder, Gobinda Sahu.
Similarly in Jharsuguda, business establishments, government and private offices, banks and educational institutions remained closed while vehicular movement came to a grinding halt as the saffron party observed 8-hour, from 6 am to 2 pm, bandh across the district.
The DNA samples of Mamita’s parents-- Suchandra Meher and Tulasi Meher have also been sent to the laboratory for profiling which will be used to match with the samples taken from the body remains to establish Mamita’s identity.
Protesting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s upcoming visit to Kalahandi, senior Congress leader Bhakta Das has called for ‘Janta Curfew’ in the district on November 8 to seek justice for murdered lady teacher Mamita Meher.
Das also appealed to observe two minutes of silence at 11 am on November 7 at their homes and pray for the salvation of the soul of Mamita Meher and pray for justice for the family members of the deceased.