Expressing shock over the rising crimes against women in the state, senior Congress leader Niranjan Pattnaik today demanded a CBI inquiry into the brutal murder of Itishree Pradhan, who died after being set on fire by some miscreants.
“The victim had personally met the district Collector, SP, State Commission for Women and state DGP. She had also given a written petition to the Chief Minister, who happens to be the Home Minister. But, no one provided protection to the lady teacher,” said Patnaik after interacting with the family members of the deceased.
Emphasising the need for an impartial investigation into the entire sequence of events, the senior Congress leader said a CBI investigation should be ordered into the case instead of making a few lower level government functionaries scapegoats. “Naveen Pattnaik must take accountability as the Home Minister and order a CBI investigation immediately,” he said.
Rejecting the crime branch probe, the former PCC president said there is a need to find the entire conspiracy because those who provided protection to the culprit or pressurized the police not to act are as guilty as the killers and must be booked for conspiracy.
Niranjan stated that even after an administrative enquiry found the allegation of Itishree to be true and even after registration of an FIR with the police, no action was taken and Itishree could not be protected from the dastardly attack.
The former Minister alleged that the incident was more serious that the Babina, Madhabiliata or Nirbhaya cases since this was clearly in the knowledge of authorities at all levels of the government.
“It is also apparent that the state government has learnt precious little from the Babina or Madhabilata episodes. The government is callous because they feel that they can get away by ordering one more Crime Branch investigation and announcing a few more lakhs as compensation,” said Patnaik.
“So long as BJD continues to win elections, the protection of women will not be a matter of great concern to the state government. Congress paid a heavy price following attacks on women, particularly the Chabirani and Anjana Mishra cases. The time has come for the people to make the state government realize that neglecting issues of protection of our daughters and daughter-in-laws will have a serious political cost in purely electoral terms” Patnaik said.