22 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Sushil Biswal, husband of Smitarani Biswal, Village Level Worker (VLW) and in-charge Panchayat Extension Officer of Haridaspur gram panchayat, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances on last Wednesday today approached the Odisha Human Rights Commission(OHRC)seeking reinvestigation in the case by higher authorities.
Speaking to reporters after submitting his petition to the OHRC here, Biswal alleged that the Jajpur police instead of doing a proper inquiry into his wife's death had attempted to make it appear to be a suicide case of a failed extramarital affair.
"My wife had told me that she was under severe mental tension in her professional life. She was a straight forward woman and never liked to indulge in any illegality . I feel she was black mailed to do some illegal work to which she didn't agree which led to her death," said Biswal.
"She has been either murdered or has been coerced to commit suicide by Rupesh Bhadra and Sarpanch his wife Madhusmita Bhadra over illegalities in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and oldage pension," Biswal alleged.
He further alleged that his wife had heated arguments with the duo (Sarpanch Madhusmita and her husband Rupesh) over selection of benificiaries/disbursement of oldage pension.
"I want whatever work that has been undertaken in the block be investigated in detail and the guilty should be punished so that I get justice," Biswal demanded.
Biswal alleged that he was not taken to the spot where his wife had allegedly committed suicide, neither has the vehicle in which her body was carried has been seized and the manner in which the conduct of post-mortem was delayed makes him suspect the investigation done by the police.
Police on Saturday arrested Rupesh for his alleged complicity in the death of the VLW at a guesthouse at Baligari under Dharmasala block in Jajpur district on October 16.
On Saturday Jajpur SP Charan Singh Meena addressing a press meet had said that prima facie evidence showed Rupesh’s involvement in abetment of the VLW’s suicide.
He had said that prima facie evidence has revealed that Smitarani had an extramarital affair with Rupesh. She was over-possessive and coercing him to leave his wife and stay with her.
Earlier, the police had detained Rupesh and four others on Thursday for questioning in connection with the case. The VLW had gone to the guesthouse, owned by Rupesh, after disbursing pensions in Bhadanga village on October 16.
They had some minor argument in this regard earlier and on the fateful day, when Smitarani had gone to attend a lunch at the former's guest house, she again raised the issue.
However, instead of counselling her, Rupesh said that he can't leave his wife and challenged Smitarani to take any step possible.
While Rupesh and his four friends were busy preparing meals, Smitarani had gone to the first floor of the guesthouse to freshen up. Later, she was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the guesthouse.
The father of the deceased had filed a complaint with police over the death of his daughter alleging foul play.