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Noisy walk out by Congress in Odisha Assembly over Smitarani murder case

Bhubaneswar, Nov 14 (UNI) The Congress members today staged a noisy walk out
demanding either a CBI inquiry or a probe by court monitored Special Investigative
Team (SIT) in to the mysterious death of Haridaspur Panchayat Executive Officer
Smitarani on October 16 last.
The Congress legislators walked out of the house as Minister of state for Home
Dibya Shankar Mishra did not utter a word on their demand while replying to the
debate on the admissibility of an adjournment motion on Smitarani’s deatth,
Participating in the debate Congress legislature party leader Narashingha
Mishra accused the government of trying to suppress the case as leaders and
workers of the ruling BJD were involved in the case.
He said the state Police was capable of inquiring into the incident and unravel
the truth but they were not impartially inquiring into the case under the pressure
of the government.
The Congress leader said there was injuries marks on the body of Smitarani
which indicated that she was murdered and she has not committed suicide.
He demanded for the analysis of the post mortem report by experts.
Mr Mishra asked why the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was not inquiring into
property of Rupesh Bhadra, the husband of the Haridaspur Sarpanch who has
been arrested by the police in connection with the murder.
The ED, he said should inquire how Rupesh, a small tea shop owner became
so rich and illegally constructed a guest house on the government land.
Mr Mishra also alleged that both the BJP and the BJD were hand in glove and
did not want a discussion on the issue.
He said though the BJP like the Congress party demanded a CBI inquiry into
the case but the members instead of participating in the discussion, disrupted
the proceedings by shouting slogans.
Throughout the discussion of the adjournment motion, the BJP members
carrying placards shouted slogans inside the wellof the house,thumped the
Speakers table, clapped and tried to snatch papers and microphone from the
Speaker’s table demanding a CBI probe into the case.
Mr.Mishra was supported by his party colleagues Suresh Routray, Santosh
Singh Saluja, Adhiraj Mohan Panigrahi and Tara Prasad Bahinipati.
However, Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra said the state
government was committed to the security and safety of the women.
He said Smitarani was found hanging in the guest house of the Rupesh
Bhadra, the husband of Haridaspur Sarpancha on October 16 last.
On the basis of the FIR filed by the deceased father an UD case was filed
and systematic and scientific inquiry was conducted.
During the investigation inquest was conducted in the presence of Executive
Magistrate and witnesses. The post mortem was conducted by a team of doctors
on October 17 last and the entire process was videographed.
The doctors were of view that Smitarani’s death was caused by asphyxiation
due to hanging. The crux of the post mortem report was that the cause of the
death could be due to suicide.
After the postmortem, the body was handed over to the family members of
the deceased, the minister said.
He said on the basis of the reports of inquiring officers a case was registered
u/s 306 of the IPC and Rupesh Bhadra was arrested and forwarded to court after
ample evidence was found against him in the case.
The accused is in jail now and further investigation is on, the Minister said.
Participating in the debate the treasury bench members—Amar Prasad Satpathy,
Prafulla Samal, Pramila Mallik criticized the BJP members for trying to take political
mileage on the issue. It was just a publicity stunt and they have no concern for the
women, they said.
The treasury bench members said there was no need for a CBI probe as the state
Police is well capable of inquiring into the incident.
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