Silence Was Judicious When Investigation Is Underway: Dibya Shankar Mishra

Bhubaneswar: Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra today urged people of the State, opposition and the media not to misunderstand his silence over the brutal murder of Mamita Meher. The crime was a heinous act which needed very thorough probe, he said.

The Minister, who is embroiled in a controversy surrounding his alleged links with prime accused Gobinda Sahu, said, “When an investigation is underway, it is inappropriate on the part of the Minister of State for Home Department to make statements. This is why I was silent.”

“I also urge our journalist friends to disseminate information and refrain from framing opinions. These opinions based on baseless allegations, hurt deeply,” the Minister who was on a trip to Nuapada district on Wednesday, added.

“I am very thankful to our Chief Minister for sanctioning a number of projects for Nuapada district under MUKTA scheme. From roads, drinking water to livelihood and electricity, these projects will go a long way in developing the urban areas of Nuapada,” he said.

“I can never be involved in any kind of heinous, unconstitutional or illegal work in my lifetime. The confidence and trust bestowed upon me by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the people of Odisha, is my honour and my efforts are directed to protect this honour,” Mishra said.

“The murder of Mamita was brutal, inhuman and heinous which our society will not tolerate. We condemn this act in unison. But just because I belong to the area, and I am an elected representative, it is unfair to frame and accuse me with canards. The vindictive forces, who are hell bent to accuse me without any proof or evidence will never be successful,” Mishra further said.