Missing Odisha girl Pihu’s mother detained on her way to ‘meet’ PM Modi

Bhubaneswar: The police in Dhenkanal district today detained the members of seven families who were travelling to Sambalpur to put forth their grievances before Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his programme at the western Odisha city.

The police intercepted the members of the aggrieved families midway and detained them at Govindpur outpost in Dhenkanal.

The detainees include Monalisa Nayak of Jajpur, Subrat Das of Kujang area in Jagatsinghpur, Dillip Kumar Sahu of Mahanga area in Cuttack and Khetrabasi Sahu of Gopalpur in Ganjam district, sources said.

Monalisa’s daughter Pihu went missing in 2020. However, the police are yet to trace her. Subrat’s brother Amrut Das was murdered a few years ago. But, the police have allegedly failed to provide justice to the deceased’s family.

Similarly, Dillip was eager to meet the Prime Minister seeking justice for his brother Diptikanta, who had been killed a few years ago. Khetrabasi has been running from the pillar to post seeking appropriate action against the killers of his 16-year-old son Jogeswar, sources said.

“My daughter had been abducted four years ago. However, the police are yet to trace her. The state government had announced to launch a Crime Branch probe into the incident but nothing has happened so far. The Odisha government always boasts its ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative. But, it has failed to listen to my grievances on the issue,” said Monalisa.

Notably, the Prime Minister inaugurated and laid stones for several developmental projects during his visit to Sambalpur today. He also addressed a public rally at the western Odisha city.

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