Bhubaneswar, Dec 10:
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s reply to the adjournment motion on Tikiri lady teacher Itishree Pradhan’s death today failed to satisfy the Opposition Congress and BJP members. In protest, they staged a walkout.
In his statement the chief minister said there has been no laxity on the part of the government in taking action against those found to be involved in the circumstances leading to the lady teacher’s death.
He further said the Crime Branch was investigating the matter under the supervision of a senior officer and an independent government lawyer had been appointed for the smooth conduct of the case.
The chief minister told the House that the government had borne all the medical expenses of the deceased lady teacher and had paid a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to her family.
Patnaik also said moreover, two police officials and two employees of the education department have been dismissed from their jobs apart from prime accused Dandsena being put behind bars.
The Opposition Congress, however, has dismissed the chief minister’s reply saying there was nothing new in it. The chief minister did not utter a word on Itishree’s dying declaration in which the lady teacher had implicated him, Opposition leader Bhupinder Singh pointed out.
Government chief whip Prasad Harichandan said in dismissing the four officials, including two police officers, the government had indirectly admitted that it had failed in its duty to protect Itishree. “Had any action been taken by anybody between August 16 and November 24 when she met everybody from the local level to the state level pleading for justice, Itishree’s life could have been saved,” he said.