Rourkela: Members of the Sundargarh Adivasi Mach, a tribal outfit, today gheraoed the office of the Additional District Magistrate here demanding CBI probe into the death of Rourkela Assistant Collector Sushmita Minz (35).
They staged protest with placards and banners, and resorted to sloganeering.
Holding the Collector and the Rourkela ADM responsible for the death, the protesters demanded arrest of the two officials.
“Sushmita Minz has been murdered. The Collector, the ADM, the local administration and police are behind the killing. The accused are trying to portray the incident as an ordinary one. They want the case to be probed by the Odisha Police. We strongly oppose it and demand a CBI investigation. We will continue the agitation till fulfillment of our demands,” said Sarpanch of Kesramal panchayat, who joined the protest.
“We condemn the fact that neither the government nor the officials have made any statement over the issue,” he said.
Notably, Sushmita was found dead in the pond of Sensory Park under Plant Site police limits in Rourkela city on September 19.
Post-mortem report has confirmed antemortem drowning and there is no evidence of homicide, said Plant Site police station IIC JR Pati.
However, Sushmita’s brother in his complaint lodged with police alleged that she was murdered. He said Sushmita was under depression due to work pressure.
The complainant blamed Sundargarh Collector, Rourkela ADM, Gurundia Block Development Officer, Gurundia Child Development Project Officer and a woman Sub-Inspector of police for his sister’s death.
Sushmita’s family alleged that the police in cahoots with the doctors have prepared a fake post-mortem report to hide the real cause of her death.