Malkangiri, Dec 1:
Cutting across party lines, tribal leaders on Sunday demonstrated outside the residence of Malkangiri collector demanding a CBI probe into the alleged gang rape and murder of a tribal woman.
The demonstrators accused the police of trying to suppress the heinous murder of a tribal woman, who was allegedly killed by her husband along with three of his friends on November 24 at Kudumulguma in the Orkel police station area.
In a memorandum addressed to the chief minister submitted through the collector, the protestors alleged that S Ray, husband of the deceased tribal woman, regularly subjected her to both mental and physical torture since their marriage five years ago.
They alleged that on November 24, Ray, along with three of his friends, first raped her and then administered poison to her after tying up her legs and hands forcibly. She was later taken to the Kudumulguma primary health centre in a critical condition where she died after some time. The memorandum further claimed that instead of conducting a post mortem, the body was sent to the parental village of the deceased, Bandiguda, for burial.
The memorandum alleged that the FIR filed by the sister and mother of the victim was not accepted at the Orkel police station. Instead, police took thumb impression of her mother.
The leaders said after the inspector in-charge of the police station ignored their request to conduct post-mortem or register a case, they had approached the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO). An inquest was done only on November 27 after the body was exhumed.
However, police denied any negligence on its part. It said a case was registered on November 26 and efforts were on to nab the husband of the victim, who was absconding after the incident.
Protestors withdrew the agitation after the collector promised to look into the matter, but said they would resume their agitation after seven days if the guilty were not booked by then.
Signatories to the memorandum included zilla parishad chairperson Padmini Muduli of BJD, ex-chairman Manas Madkami of BJD and ex-zilla parishad chairman Ganghdar Buruda of Congress besides many district, block and panchayat level people’s representatives.