NCW recommends CBI probe into Itishree murder

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over the tardy progress in the State Crime Branch investigation
into death of Tikiri school teacher Itishree Pradhan who died after being set ablaze
by an unidentified person on November 14 night, the National Commission for
Women (NCW) on Tuesday recommended a CBI probe into the tragic incident.

Commission in its 320-page report said, “Even after over 45 days to the
incident, the Crime Branch has failed to trace the assailants who set the
victim on fire and even failed to crack the conspiracy behind it. Even worse,
the proceeding of the CB in this regard is enough discouraging to suggest any
significant result in near future.
Commission further asked the Chief Secretary with regard to its recommendation
for a CBI probe and sought a reply within seven days.
suo moto cognizance of several media reports regarding the burning of Itishree
the NCW on November 9 constituted a two-member Inquiry Committee Hemlata Kheria
and Manasi Pradhan to investigate the incident. The Committee had visited the
victim’s native and working place and recorded statements of various persons.
Commission further recommended the State Government to initiate exemplary
action against the Rayagada Collector and SP, investigation into Inaction of
the State machinery, Independent and detailed probe of the victim’s oral
statement naming the Chief Minister as being principally responsible for the
brutal incident, fixing responsibility of officials engaged for women security,
orientation of all police officials on women security, publication of a women’s
citizen charter in all newspapers, a memorial to remember the exemplary spirit
of the victim, besides asking the Government to lay the NCW report in the
Assembly as per section 10 (3) of the NCW Act 1990.

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