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No justice for mother 10 months after son was ‘murdered’

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, Dec 5:

Ahalya Mishra, a resident of Sambit Villa in Ghatikia under Khandagiri police limits, knocked the doors of State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) for the second time on Thursday seeking justice for her ‘murdered’ son Bhabani Shankar Mishra.
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Disheartened over police inaction to probe the suspicious death of her son Bhabani, Ahalya had appealed to the State Crime branch and SHRC on June 13 and September 5 respectively, besidesDGP Prakash Mishra and later at Chief Minister’s Grievance cell seeking justice for her son, but in vain.

Bhabani. a student in Gandhi Engineering College pursuing MBA degree, went missing and was then ‘murdered’ on March 10 this year. Ahalya, a teacher by profession, told OST that her son had left home at about 5 pm on March 07 this year on his motorcycle promising to return within a few minutes. “But when he did not come back, we tried to contact him on his mobile phone but found it switched off,” she said.

The very next day, Ahalya filed an FIR at Khandagiri police station about his missing son. On March 10, she got a call from the local police station asking her to contact Astaranga police.

“Astaranga police asked me to come and identify a dead body floating on the seashore near Jahania Pira Pitha, Astaranga,” she said. “When my husband. along with my brother, went to the spot, they identified the dead body of my son and found blood oozing out of the palm and wrist on both hands. There was a deep cut mark on the right side chest and foam mixed water coming from his mouth, besides three fingers of right side hand along with right and left thumb were badly mutilated,” the mother of the deceased said.

Bhabani’s T-shirt, jacket and his motor cycle were missing, which clearly indicated that he was killed, the distressed woman said. “I offered to file an FIR to officer-in-charge of Astaranga for immediate police action; but he refused to accept it on the ground that it was an unidentified death case,” Ahalya said.

“Though ten months have already passed, the investigation has not moved. I am very old to move from door to door seeking justice. I believe that justice delayed is justice denied,” she further said.

“I am at SHRC here again today to request the authorities to find out what happened to my son between March 7 and 10 and where was his motorcycle,” Ahalya added.

Meanwhile. SHRC has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar to file a report before 20 January 2014 on the cause of the death of Bhabani.