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Threat to Itishree: Odisha court acquits family of ex-school SI


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rayagada, Jun 18:

The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in Odisha’s Rayagada district on Wednesday acquitted five members of the family of Netrananda Dandasena, former School Sub Inspector (SI), of charges of manhandling and murder threat to Itishree Pradhan, a lady teacher of Tikiri Upper Primary School who died on November 1, 2013 four days after being set on fire by an unknown person inside the school hostel room on October 27, for lack of evidence.

Itishree Pradhan
Itishree Pradhan

JMFC Nihar Ranjan Sahu acquitted Netrananda’s two wives Abha Dandasena and Manorama Dei, his two nephews Narendra Dandasena and Brundaban Dandasena and kin Saraswati Mohanty.

As per the complaint lodged by Itishree with the Tikiri police station, the five family members of Netrananda had intercepted her on June 16, 2013 while she was on the way to a medicine shop to buy medicines for fever and asked her to withdraw the cases against Netrananda. When she refused, they manhandled her and threatened her with life, Itishree had alleged.

The JMFC court, during the trial of the case since October 31, 2013, had recorded the statements of seven witnesses including Judhistir Majhi, Dambaru Majhi, Giridhar Majhi and Debendra Nayak, students of Tikiri Upper Primary School, hostel superintendent Jogeswar Benia, school peon Sashibhusan Nayak and Investigating Officer Durgeswari Pradhan.

Meanwhile, the JMFC is scheduled to deliver its judgement on a case on June 22 on the alleged misbehaviour and mental torture to Itishree by Netrananda registered by the Tikiri police on June 18, 2013.

The charge sheet, framed by the police against Netrananda, was submitted to the JMFC court.