Balasore/Bhadrak/Boudh: State unit of BJP today observed bandh in six districts demanding arrest and dismissal of Minister of State (Home) Dibyashankar Mishra over his alleged link in Mamita Meher murder case.
The BJP is observing 12-hour bandh in five districts — Balasore, Deogarh, Boudh, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur — and 6-hour bandh in Bhadrak district to mount pressure on Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government seeking removal of the minister.
The protest began in different places of Bhadrak district from 6.00 AM onwards. The agitators staged demonstration at Bant Chhak, Charampa Railway Station, New Bus Stand, Kacheri Road, Collectorate, in front of court, in front of SP Office, Bhadrak College Square as well as various places including Randia, Charampa, Ranital and Ichhapur. The protest will continue till 12.00 noon in the district.
The vehicular movement remained off the road in Balasore, Boudh, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur districts due to 12-hour bandh by the BJP workers. The trains were also halted at major railway stations in Balasore and Bhadrak districts.
The party demanded immediate dismissal of Minister over his alleged link with prime accused Govind Sahu in murder of Sunshine School teacher Mamita Meher in Kalahandi district.
The opposition BJP alleged that Captain Dibyashankar was frequently visiting Mahaling College and he had close link with Govind Sahu, who has been arrested for murder of the schoolteacher.
Mamita Meher, a 24-year-old schoolteacher of Sunshine Public School in Mahaling in Kalahandi district and a resident of Jharni village in Balangir district, was missing since October 8. Her body was exhumed on October 19, around 10 days after the incident, near the school in Mahaling.