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Odisha CM says she is ready for SIT investigation in murder case of 5-year-old girl

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With the opposition BJP and Congress relentless in their demand for the resignation of higher education minister and panchayati raj Arun Sahoo over the alleged murder of a 5-year-old girl by one of his aides, Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Friday that the government state was ready for a probe by a SIT if necessary.

Attending the winter session of the Odisha Assembly via video conference from his residence, CM Patnaik said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigation can be ordered into the alleged murder of Pari, the 5-year-old daughter. of a rickshaw puller. , if required.

“My government is always committed to a free and fair investigation. I am deeply saddened by the incident and my Government always upholds the rule of law, ”said Patnaik, asking the opposition MLAs to cooperate in the running of the Chamber. Patnaik earlier this week had ordered an investigation by the state CID into the murder case.

However, both Congress and BJP members continued to create a scandal in the Assembly demanding the removal of the Cabinet minister, forcing President Surjya Patro to suspend proceedings for the day. BJP leader Jayanarayan Mishra said that Patnaik has not ordered a SIT investigation. “All he said was that if the SIT investigation is what is required, the state government will take action on it and do so immediately. In any case, our party did not demand an investigation from the SIT. We want the resignation of the minister, ”Mishra said.

On July 14, 5-year-old Pari, daughter of rickshaw shooter Ashok Sahu and his wife Saudamini Sahu in Nayagarh’s Jadupur village, had disappeared while playing outside. Ten days later, his skeletal remains were discovered in a sack outside his home. The girl’s father alleged that his daughter was killed by a Babuli Nayak, an assistant to Minister Sahoo, while trading in human organs. While the local police failed in the investigation, on November 24 the Sahu couple tried to draw attention to the case by attempting to immolate themselves outside the Odisha Assembly. However, they were saved at the last minute by the police.

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Senior BJD MLA Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said that it is unfair of the opposition to create uproar in the Assembly and spoil the House procedures. “There is enough scope for members of the opposition to discuss the matter in detail, as the Interior Department’s demand for discussion is scheduled,” he said. Outside the Assembly, BJP activists and youth Congress workers held a demonstration demanding the removal of the minister.

On Friday, Soumyaranjan Pradhan, sarpanch of the Lakshmiprasad gram panchayat, where the murder occurred, went to the Orissa High Court seeking protection for himself and his family from the minister, claiming that he had received death threats. “I am receiving threatening calls as I speak in this incident. If something happens to me or my family, Arun Sahoo will be responsible, ”said Pradhan, who has appointed state Interior Secretary, DGP, Nayagarh Collector, SP and inspector from the local police station as parties.

Public interest litigation has also been filed in the Orissa High Court seeking an investigation by the IWC and compensation of Rs 25 lakhs for the relatives of the deceased minor.

The issue attracted further controversy with BJD Vice President and Khandapada MLA Soumyaranjan Patnaik calling the case a “minor incident”. BJP state leader Lekhashree Samantasinghar said the MLA’s comments were embarrassing. “The girl lost her life even before she understood it and her family is completely devastated. What else does MLA Soumya Patnaik think would have happened to the girl to make him a great case? Lekha Samantasinghar said.

Meanwhile, the minister who is being criticized for his role on the issue, said he welcomed the CID investigation and called on opposition parties not to politicize the issue, but rather to focus on unraveling the truth.

“In my entire political career, I have never supported any kind of violence. I welcome the decision of the state government on the investigation of the criminal branch and hope that justice is served. I want Pari’s family to receive justice. People involved in crime should not go free, ”he said.

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