**Bhubaneswar:** Amid the hue and cry over the sex video scandal, rumour mill making round over the mysterious death of engineering student Ashutosh Mohanty alias Rushi months back allegedly having link with it and the police then having registered simply an unnatural death (UD) case, mother of the deceased on Saturday demanded reopening of the case, thorough probe and tracing out the murdered of her son.
Talking to media on the day, she even asserted that she could not believe her ‘good son’ died due to drug and suspected that he has been murdered.
Rushi’s mother said, “The friends, especially one of his friends named Nanda, who had gone back home from the mess after my son fell asleep there in the room on the death day, should be interrogated properly.”
On the controversial sex video that went viral and Rushi’s name and death has allegedly cropped up, she viewed, “We had never had inkling of it earlier. Today like others, we come to know from media reports. It should be probed thoroughly by the police and unearth the truth.”
Rushi’s maternal uncle said, “Mystery shrouds over his death and should be re-investigated.”
One young boy of Rushi’s acquaintance said, “We demand the State Government a CBI probe into the mysterious death of Rushi Bhai.”
NSUI Odisha unit president Itish Pradhan said, “I reiterate my stand and demand a free and fair probe of the alleged sex video. Rushi was one of our NSUI members. His death is a murder which should be thoroughly investigated and the truth will be definitely unearthed. It’s impossible to believe that he had consumed 8 packets of drug. His death is a cold-blooded murder.”
BJP leader Samir Mohanty said, “Raju Mallick, Rushi’s maternal uncle, is Mayor’s friend. He has reaped benefits from doing contract works from the Municipal Corporation here. Being aided by the Mayor, he had done a lot of works of financial gains of PWD, Railways, etc. Raju Mallick’s character is now under scanner since it is suspicious. I demand that the works to what tune has been executed by him under the municipality should be probed. Rushi was not drug addict while the Police Commissioner claims that he was. It’s doubtful, need to be investigated thoroughly.”