`Missing` Congress MLA`s wife lodges complaint with police

Orissa Congress MLA Shibaji Majhi, who his party has alleged was kidnapped at the behest of the ruling BJD, did not turn up to cast his vote in the Rajya Sabha elections till afternoon Thursday.

Updated: Jun 17, 2010, 16:35 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Congress MLA Shibaji
Majhi, who his party has alleged was kidnapped at the behest
of the ruling BJD, did not turn up to cast his vote in the
Rajya Sabha elections till afternoon Thursday.

"We have received a written complaint from the MLA`s wife
Rupa Majhi. The police have started investigating the
complaint," Kalahandi Superintendent of Police Sudha Singh
told a news agency over phone.

Rupa said in her complaint that she suspected her husband
was kidnapped by people belonging to a rival political party
after he left his home in Lanjigarh on June 14.

"He has not called us, nor could be contacted over phone.
Sibaji also did not reach his official quarters here," she
said.

Yesterday Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee working
president and Kalahandi MP Bhakta Charan Das made a similar
complaint at a police station here.

He had alleged that Majahi was kidnapped at the behest
of the ruling BJD. "As the Congress MLA`s absence will help
BJD candidate in RS polls, he has been kidnapped by the ruling
party," he said.

Majhi did not reach the Orissa Assembly premises till 2:00
pm to cast his vote in the RS polls.

Another Congress MLA Gregory Minj also did not turn up for
voting till 2:00 pm, Assembly sources said.

BJP MLA Bhimsen Choudhury, who was also allegedly
kidnapped before the polls, too did not turn up.

PTI