05 February, Bhubaneswar
Hundreds of activists of the Opposition BJP today marched on a protest procession from the party headquarter to the official residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanding his resignation and justice to the kunduli gang rape victim.
The irate party workers breaking police barricade and heavy police arrangement reached close to the Naveen Nivas and demanded the resignation of Patnaik for his failure to give justice to the girl even after 100 days of the incident forcing the girl to commit suicide.
The BJP workers had a scuffle with the police near the Naveen Nivas when the former forcefully tried to enter into the Naveen Nivas to lodge their protest.
Later, the police managed to arrest some of the BJP activists and chase away the demonstrators.
The minor dalit girl alleged that she was gang raped by four uniformed security personnel on October 10 last inside Lanjiguda forest under Pottangi Police station of Koraput district. The opposition political parties have been alleging that the girl committed suicide on January 22 last after the government failed to give her justice and the administration and police tried to suppress the case.
Meanwhile, a team of the NHRC led by DSP Rabi Singh has arrived in Odisha to inquire into the incident. The team will interact with the family members of the deceased and probe the incident during its five-day stay in the state.
A three-member team of the BJP central team under the leadership of party national general secretary Saroj Pandey who arrived here on February 3 last to probe the incident today returned to Delhi after an on the spot probe into the incident at kunduli. The team had interacted with the victim’s family and the villagers and collected detailed information about the incident.
On February one last, the activists of the BJP state Mahila Morcha ransacked the office of the State Commission for Women for maintaining a stoic silence over the issue even 100 days after the incident.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Prasad Harichandan and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmanedra Pradhan slammed the state government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for trying to suppress the case and protect the officers involved in the case.
Both the Congress and the BJP have demanded either a CBI inquiry or a court monitored probe by a Special Investigation team into the incident.
They also demanded Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who is holding the Home Portfolio to resign from his post on moral ground.
The ruling BJD said the government has done all it could and first ordered a Crime Branch inquiry and then a judicial probe into the incident. The persons found guilty would be punished. The ruling party accused the BJP of raising the issue keeping the by election to Bijepur Assembly seat, scheduled to be held on February 24 next.BM