Dana Majhi case: Odisha police clean chit to Kalahandi DM, CDMO


Bhubaneswar, Sep 18: Odisha police is yet to find any concrete evidences
against any Government officials in the sensitive Kalahandi incident. The
incident involved a person, Dana Majhi (42), who carried the body of his wife
for around 10 km as no vehicle or ambulance was provided by the district

“During inquiry no such concrete
corroborative evidence could be found out. More over the hospital staff and
passer by people were not focused any clue regarding non co-operation made by
the Hospital staff, staff of ADMO and CDMO offices so far. The matter is still
under enquiry,” said the Bhawanipatna Town police.
The inquiry was conducted acting on the complaint filed by rights
campaigner Subhash Mohapatra, who had made allegation against Kalahandi
district collector, CDMO and other public authorities for deprivation, abuse
and denial of basic facilities to Dana Majhi.
He alleged that the CDMO has shielded his colleagues and tried to
whitewash the evidence by abusing and putting the blame on the tribal man that
he did not contact anybody for a vehicle to take the body from the hospital to
his village.
The complainant further had stated that Dana Majhi was also not allowed
to perform the last rites of his wife as the sub-collector forcibly took him
along with his minor daughter to Bhawanipatna to record their statement.
Mohapatra said the district collector threatened the tribal man and asked him
whether he had killed his wife.
“The non-finding of any clue exposes how the Odisha police are failed
wilfully. Though it is mandatory for registration of first information report
(FIR) into cognizable offence as the guidelines issued by Supreme Court, Odisha
Police did not register the FIR,” alleged Mohapatra.
Further, as the matter pertains to SC/ST POA Act, it must be enquired by
a officer not below rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police. But in the instant
case, an ASI conducted the investigation reveals how law is mockery for Odisha
police, Mohapatra lamented.

The Naveen Patnaik-Government faced widespread criticism when locals
found Majhi carrying his wife Amang Dei’s body on his shoulder, wrapped in
clothes, along with his 12-year old daughter last month. The 40-year-old woman
had died of TB at the district headquarters hospital at Bhawanipatna.

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