Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Rayagada, Feb 19:
A three-member team of Odisha Crime Branch police today left for Rayagada to conduct an inquiry into the death of District Welfare Officer (DWO) Dhaneswar Prusty, who committed suicide inside his office room on Tuesday.
The Crime Branch team, headed by an officer of DSP rank, will conduct its inquiry based on allegations made by deceased DWO’s wife, the suicide note left by Prusty, the post-mortem report and other facts, informed Crime Branch ADG B K Sharma.
It is learnt that the team is led by DSP Ramesh Chandra Sethy.
Sources said the suicide note left by Prusty will be sent to the Handwriting Bureau for verification of its authenticity.
It may be mentioned that Prusty’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the computer room of his office on Tuesday. His wife had later lodged a complaint at the Rayagada police station accusing the collector and the PA, ITDA of harassing her husband, driving him to suicide in the process.
Meanwhile, the DWO’s death has taken a political turn with the Congress and BJP trying to make hay while the Sun shines.
While the district Congress committee gheraoed the Rayagada police station yesterday, it was the turn of the BJP’s district unit today to stage a dharna in front of the SP’s office at Rayagada demanding immediate arrest of district collector Sashibhushan Padhi and PA, ITDA Gorachand Gamang and handing over of the probe to the CBI.
The protesters submitted a memorandum to the DGP through the SP in this regard. The Congress has called for a shutdown tomorrow over the incident.
A suicide note was recovered by the scientific team, which inspected Prusty’s house on Wednesday. Police have seized five hand written letters, including the suicide note, a 12-page long leave application and an application for availing retirement under VRS and several important documents during searches at the deceased’s residence and office on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the District Lawyers’ Association today extended its support to the bandh call given tomorrow by the Congress while demanding immediate transfer of the district collector, an impartial inquiry into the incident and punishment to the guilty.
Association president Biraja Patra told OST that a letter had been written to the Home secretary in this regard.