Mamita Meher murder: NCW directs Odisha DGP to ensure fair probe

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Taking cognisance of woman teacher Mamita Meher murder case in Kalahandi district, the National Commission for Women (NCW) directed Odisha DGP Abhay to ensure a fair investigation into the matter.

The women’s body also directed the Odisha Police to provide security to the family of Mamita Meher.

Condemning the murder of the woman teacher in Mahaling of Kalahandi district, NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma has also written to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. In the letter, the NCW highlighted that Ministers Dibya Shankar Mishra and Pratap Jena are using their mighty positions for exploiting and sexually harassing women and manipulating police investigation in the case.

The Commission Chairman also requested the Odisha CM to personally take cognisance of this case. She also sought immediate removal of Capt Dibyashankar Mishra and Pratap Jena from the position of Ministers to enable the police to conduct fair and just investigation without any due influence.

The Odisha State Commission for Women (OSCW) earlier served a notice to SPs of Balangir and Kalahandi districts asking them to submit probe a report within 15 days.

OSCW Chairperson Minati Behera said SPs of both the districts have been asked to submit report to ensure that a proper and fair probe is conducted into the murder case. Stringent action will be taken against the culprit, Behera added.

Meanwhile, the Bangomunda JMFC court today allowed the Balangir police to take Govind Sahu, prime accused in the woman teacher murder case, on a remand for five days.

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At a presser, DIG (Northern Range) Deepak Kumar informed that the deceased teacher was aware of two extra-marital affairs of Govind Sahu and she had warned him to make it public. Therefore, Sahu, who was the president of the management committee of Sunshine Public School, was holding a grudge against her and later decided to eliminate her.

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