Bhubaneswar, Nov 30:
Members of the State Progressive Women’s Forum (SPWF) staged a rally in front of the State Assembly here on Saturday demanding justice for Sandhyarani Samantaray, the woman who had divulged explosive details of a flourishing flesh trade involving influential persons before the Commissionerate Police before dying in mysterious circumstances.
Later, the members handed over a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanding immediate action against the culprits involved in the ‘murder’ of Sandhyarani.
Hundreds of members and supporters from the city and from Puri district came in a procession from Master Canteen to the Lower PMG flaunting placards bearing slogans against the State Government’s inaction in providing justice to the deceased, besides blaming the Commissionerate Police’s for its failure in nabbing the main culprit Prasant Sahoo.
“Sandhyarani was killed in a planned way by a few influential people including senior police officials and businessmen,” said SPWF president Mamata Samantaray.
Though Sandhayrani’s family had urged the concerned authorities to inquire into the matter and had identified the persons involved in the crime, the police and the State administration didn’t take proper steps in the issue, Mamata said.
The forum chief also demanded stringent action against the SCB Medical authorities, who did not conduct any autopsy and asked her relatives to take away the body as soon as possible from the hospital. If the hospital authorities had taken care of Sandhyarani, she might have been alive now, she added.
The immediate arrest of the main culprit Prasant and Rs 10 lakh compensation to the victim’s family were the other demands that the SPWF put before the State Government.
“If the Government fails to meet our demands within seven days, we will take to the streets again,” said Mamata.