Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada, June 14:
On the fourth day of thes fifth phase of its probe into the sensational murder of Itishree Pradhan, a lady teacher of Tikiri Upper Primary School in Odisha’s Rayagada district, the CBI today interrogated dismissed Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Muralidhar Pradhan and two Tikiri based journalists at their camp office here.
The marathon interrogation of Pradhan lasted eight hours. He was first questioned alone and then in the presence of former headmaster of Tikiri school Chandrashekhar Panda and local journalists Ratnakar Das and Mahendra Swain.
“The CBI officers asked me about who reached the spot, what were the circumstances like at the time and so on,” Pradhan said after emerging from his marathon grilling.
Interestingly, he gave the CBI investigation a thumbs-up. “The CBI probe is moving in the right direction. I am sure I would get justice once the investigation is completed,” said the dismissed ASI.
The CBI, which began its fifth phase investigations on June 11, had subjected Chandrasekhar Panda, former headmaster of the school, who was subjected to a five-hour marathon grilling on June 12, was interrogated again today.
Asked about his repeated questioning, Panda said the CBI was asking him the same quesions again and again.
Panda’s wife Harapriya Satpathy was also questioned by the CBI today.
Sources said the CBI is likely to summon former BJD MP from Koraput Jairam Pangi for interrogation in the matter today .
Itishree, who belonged to Pipli and was working as a teacher in Tikiri Upper Primary School in Rayagada district, was allegedly subjected to sexual harassment by school inspector (SI) Netrananda Dandasena who is now behind bars.
On October 27, 2013, Itishree was set ablaze in the school premises by some unidentified persons. On November 1, she succumbed to her burn injuries at Vizag hospital.