Opp steps up demand for Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra’s arrest


Opposition BJP, Congress and left-wing parties have stepped up their demand for the resignation of Minister of State for the Interior, Dibya Shankar Mishra, over his alleged links to murder accused Govinda Sahu in the case of the murder of Mamita Meher in the district of Kalahandi.

Over the past five days, the opposition parties have launched a sustained campaign and it has spread to different districts of the state.

BJP activists stormed the capital police station in Bhubaneswar yesterday, demanding that their FIR against the minister be registered. He should be arrested and investigated, they said.

Elsewhere in the state, activists from the BJP, Congress and the Left Party staged protests and also filed similar complaints against the minister.

Recall that Mamita, a teacher at a private school in the Kalahandi district of which Sahu is the president, disappeared on October 8.

Eleven days later, his body was exhumed from a stadium under construction near the educational institution.

Sahu, who had been arrested by Bolangir police and managed to escape, was arrested two days ago. He allegedly confessed to his crime during police questioning and was taken to the crime scene in Kalahandi.

Minister Mishra was a frequent visitor to the educational complex built and operated by Sahu. He is said to have close ties to the accused who was successful in obtaining government funds.

The BJP opposition alleged these were the notorious sexual escapades taking place and Mamita was eliminated for threatening to expose Sahu and others.

The ruling BJD has dismissed all these accusations and denounced the opposition for politicizing the issue.

The law will run its course and the culprits will be punished, the BJD said.

But the ruling party did not explain how and why a private school and college received funds from the Western Odisha Development Council and how government funds were used to build roads, perimeter walls, etc.

Youth Congress activists threw eggs at the minister’s residence in Kalahandi district. Ten activists were arrested by the police.


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