“BJD Women’s Safety Claim Exposed in Mamita Meher Murder Case”: Samir Mohanty – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

JHARSUGUDA / BALASORE: Launching a scathing attack on the state government over the murder of Mamita Meher, BJP chairman Samir Mohanty said on Tuesday that women and children are not safe in Odisha under the regime of the BJD.

Speaking to the media in Jharsuguda, the head of the BJP Odisha alleged the inaction of the BJD government in the Mamita murder case in which the Minister of State for the Interior Dibya Shankar Mishra is implicated, denounces the false claims by the ruling party about women’s safety. Citing data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the head of the BJP said Odisha is the second state in the country in terms of crimes against women and children.

Targeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Mohanty said, “Her government (Naveen) is making big statements on empowering women. But when it comes to acting against his own minister involved in a high-profile murder case, he abuses all of his powers to prove Mishra’s innocence. The people of Odisha are aware of the minister’s role in the murder case. In the next few days, people would give the BJD government an appropriate response, ”he added.

Among others, Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari, former state president of BJP Basanta Panda, ex-minister Manmohan Samal and district leader of Mangal Sahoo party were present. Meanwhile, in the town of Balasore, local BJP workers demanded from the municipality office for justice for the murdered teacher Mamita and the immediate dismissal of Mishra for her alleged connections to the case. The agitators also demanded the ouster of Justice Minister Pratap Jena for “protecting” Mishra.

BJP workers burned effigies of CM, Mishra and Jena. The agitators claimed that despite Mishra’s ties to the main defendant Gobinda Sahu, the state government is taking no action against him. The protest lasted for about two hours. Balasore Town BJP President Chittaranjan Panda and District Secretary General Parshuram Parida were present, among others.

Mara R. Wilmoth