Balangir, Dec 17:
Senior Congress leader Narasingh Mishra has implicated the ‘top leadership’ of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the gruesome murder of youth leader Abhimanyu Sahu’s on Sunday.
“Abhimanyu’s murder was the result of the internecine conflict within the BJD. The top leadership of the ruling party is linked with the incident. Such political murders are on the rise in Balangir district, but killers are not being caught” Mishra said demanding for a CBI probe into the case at a press conference here on Monday.
The senior Congress leader who is also an acclaimed lawyer said the law and order situation in Balangir district as well as in the whole of the state was at its nadir. He demanded an independent inquiry into the killing of the BYJD leader and stringent punishment to the culprits.
Accusing the police of playing to the tunes of the government, the Chairperson of the Congress media cell alleged that officers found to be guilty in the Balangir student death case have been posted in good positions by the government. No action is being taken against policemen despite their gross dereliction of duty.
Mishra lamented that incidents of tender fixing are on the rise with muscle power emerging as the key to getting work orders.
In order to bring the law and order situation back in control in Balangir, he suggested transfer of policemen found guilty of neglect of duties and failure to detect crimes. He said “I had requested the DG Police for posting competent police officers in the district, but in vain”.
Abhimanyu’s widow, his supporters, the general public of Titlagarh and the Congress are demanding a CBI probe into the murder since the probe by the Crime Branch in several cases, including the Balangir student death case, had yielded no results, he said.
Hitting out at the chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who is also the Home minister of the state, Mishra said; “Probably the chief minister has come to know who is behind the murder. That’s the reason why he has ordered a Crime Branch probe instead of a CBI probe.”