Slamming the BJD regime in Odisha over killing of a woman for protesting an eve-teasing incident at Bhabarada in Ganjam, the Congress on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for failing save her from miscreants in his home district. “Had the police taken prompt action, the innocent woman could have been saved. The Chief Minister should resign on moral grounds,” said President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee’s women wing, Sasmita Behera after visiting the village.
An eight-member team of the Mahaila Congress visited the village to take stock of the situation. Besides interacting with the family members of the deceased woman, they also held discussion with the police about the incident.
Kamala Swain (45) was beaten to death by miscreants on Sunday evening after her husband had filed an FIR against four persons who had allegedly passed lewd comments against their school-going daughter. The family members staged a road blockade by lying the body in front of Polasara police station demanding immediate arrest of the accused persons. The situation turned ugly when a mob set ablaze vehicles and damaged furniture of Polasara police station on Monday.
“We came to know that the miscreants had passed comments to one of the daughters of the deceased. The girl has been going to a private school in nearby village for last one year. The family members had complained about it to the police several times and even meet the SP (Ganjam). However, the police did not take action against the miscreants,” Behera alleged.
“It appears someone, possibly a ruling party leader, is protecting the miscreants who are indulging in all these anti-social activities,” she said claiming, women in the state were safe during the BJD regime as the police were toeing the line of the ruling party leaders.
Under the circumstances, the CM, who holds the home portfolio, should resign on moral grounds and dismiss the police personnel who failed to discharge their duty of protecting the woman, Behera added. SP (Ganjam) Asish Singh said raids were on to arrest the accused persons.
The situation in Polasara town where the mob had attacked the police station on Monday in protest against the woman’s killing was now normal, the police said.