Non-BJD parties demand CBI probe into rape case

Bhubaneswar: Rejecting the judicial probe ordered into the Pipili gangrape, non-BJD political parties along with civil society members organised a rally here on Monday demanding CBI investigation into the incident.

Besides main opposition Congress, leaders of BJP, CPI(M), CPI, Forward Bloc and others under the banner of Odisha Gana Samaj held the protest rally demanding CBI probe.

The Odisha government on January 13 ordered a judicial probe into the incident. Justice PK Mohanty, a retired judge of Orissa High Court will head the commission which would submit its report within three months.

The protesters burnt effigies of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, and Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy who represents Pipili and had been charged by the girl's family and women bodies with shielding the culprits.

They also sought Governor MC Bhandare's intervention. Other demands of the Samaj included CBI probe, financial assistance to the girl, and formation of a separate body to probe all rape cases.

"This is for the first time in Odisha politics that all opposition parties joined hands with non-political bodies to protest the government's mishandling of different rape cases," senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said.

The youth wing of Congress staged a separate demonstration demanding removal of the agriculture minister from state cabinet.

The 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped November 28, at her village Arjunagoda, about 10 km from Bhubaneswar.

The girl is currently under treatment at the SCB medical college hospital as per the direction of the Orissa High Court.