New Delhi: Accusing Jharkhand Police of
trying to "cover up" the case of death of journalist Nirupama
Pathak, a group of students and women activists today staged a
demonstration here and demanded a fair probe into the matter.
Activists associated with All India Students` Association
(AISA), All India Progressive Women`s Association and
Journalists` Union for Civil Society (JUCS) gathered at the
Jharkhand Bhawan here and protested against the state
government and Koderma Police.
"It is now almost two weeks since 22-year-old Nirupama
was brutally murdered in Koderma. Ever since, the Jharkhand
Police has consistently been trying to cover up her murder and
shield her killers," alleged AISA general secretary Ravi Rai.
He said AISA would intensify the struggle if Jharkhand
government "continues to shield" the perpetrators of the
The delegation later met Jharkhand`s Resident
Commissioner and demanded that the "culprits" be put behind
the bars. They also alleged that Pathak`s boyfriend
Priyabhanshu was being implicated in false cases.
Meanwhile, IIMC Alumni Association has demanded that
Koderma Police should find the SIM card of Nirupama`s mobile,
which is missing, and alleged that it was an attempt by the
deceased`s family members to derail the investigations.
22-year-old Nirupama was found dead on April 29 in her
parents` house in Tilaya in Koderma district under mysterious
circumstances. The Koderma police had filed an FIR against
Nirupama`s mother Sudha Pathak, after which she was arrested
and charged with her murder.
However, later after an appeal to a court by Nirupama`s
family, an FIR had been filed against Priyabhanshu charging
him with rape and abetment to suicide.