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Odisha Cong on dharna for justice to Kunduli gang rape victim


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) today launched a mass dharna in front of the Raj Bhawan here seeking justice for the Kunduli gang rape victim and five other demands.

The Congress leaders said the party would continue with its mass dharna till the gang rape victim got justice and the perpetrators of the crime are arrested.

If the need arises, the Congress would stage dharna in Delhi, they added.

The Congress alleged that while the police are yet to arrest the culprits, there are moves to suppress the matter. It has demanded judicial probe of the incident.

The party demanded to make public of the medical examination report of the victim and a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to her.

“Since we have lost our trust on the State government we are knocking the doors of the Governor. We have announced to continue with this mass dharna for an indefinite period. After meeting the Governor here we will go to Delhi on 13th of this month and stage mass dharna there. We may even go for fast unto death,” said former Congress MP from Nabarangpur Pradip Majhi talking to reporters.

“We demand an immediate judicial probe by a sitting judge of the High Court and justice to the victim. Otherwise, consequences would be dangerous and the incident will be highlighted across the country,” said Bhakta Das, Secretary AICC.

On the other hand, the victim is still undergoing treatment at the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College & Hospital in Koraput.

Since the heinous incident, the victim has been thrice admitted to the medical college.

Meanwhile, hospital authorities have imposed restrictions on outsiders from meeting the victim.

However, BJD has appealed not to politicize the issue, since it is a sensational matter and investigation is on.

“Police administration is conducting its investigation with the help of Crime Branch and the victim is being provided with medical assistance. Under such situation it is not appropriate to give political colour to the incident,” remarked Rabi Narayan Nanda, former minister and BJD spokesperson.