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Salia Sahi children demand security as residents stage rally


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Reported by Santosh Jagdev/Edited by Sandeep Sahu

Bhubaneswar, Aug 21:

A day after an eight-year old girl was raped and killed in Salia Sahi here, around 30 children from the Salia Sahi Humara Bachpan Club met Police Commissioner Rajendra Prasad Sharma on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum demanding immediate action against anti-social activities, an addiction-free slum and a safe neighbourhood.

Simultaneously, residents of the area, organised under the banner of Communist Party of India (Marxist), staged a rally protesting the State Government’s failure in controlling crime against child and women in the city on Wednesday.

About 100 men and women blocked the road in front of the slum for hours by placing burning tyres on it. Later, they marched in a procession shouting slogans demanding exemplary punishment to the culprits and setting up of a police outpost at the Salia Sahi.

CPI (M) local committee member and slum leader Anjan Nath demanded trial of the minor rape and murder case in a fast track court, 24-hour police patrolling in the area and payment of Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the family of the deceased girl.

Nath held the State Government responsible for the increasing crime in the city. The Commissionerate Police system had failed to check the deterioration of law and order in the Twin City, he alleged, adding, “If the State does not take any adequate steps to control law and order situation in the capital, we will hit the streets again.”