Naveen Patnaik shares stage with minister accused of hyperlinks to homicide suspect

In a present of assist, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday publicly shared the stage with state Home Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra who has been accused by opposition events of making an attempt to protect the primary suspect in a faculty trainer’s killing.

Patnaik was at a programme to launch a Smart Health Card scheme beneath the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana in Kalahandi district, the place the killing befell final month. Mishra is the MLA from Junagarh in Kalahandi.
Both BJP and the Congress have been demanding Mishra’s resignation for his alleged hyperlinks with Govind Sahu, the prime accused within the homicide of the 24-year-old trainer, Mamita Meher. Mishra has denied the allegations.

State Congress chief Debasish Patnaik mentioned, “It’s a black day for the state today. Instead of taking action against the minister who is accused of having a role in such a sensational case, the CM chose to share the stage with him (minister), which reflects his priorities.”

“Sharing the stage with the minister is a strong message being sent out by the CM. This shows his support to the accused even as the family awaits justice. The family is already being pressured to change their statements,” BJP MP Sangeeta Singh Deo mentioned.

On Monday morning, over 100 BJP members had been detained for making an attempt to barge into the Kalahandi occasion venue to protest Mishra’s presence. In Bhubaneswar, BJP staff had been taken into preventive custody as they carried out a rally to Naveen Niwas.

Meher had gone lacking on October 8. Her household had lodged a grievance towards Sahu, the college’s principal, accusing him of kidnapping her.

On October 19, Meher’s decomposed physique was exhumed from an under-construction stadium. A day later, Sahu was arrested. Police mentioned he had killed her as she had threatened to reveal an extra-marital affair of his.