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VLW Smitarani’s husband moves SHRC, SCW

22/10/2019 at 7:46 PM

Bhubaneswar: Sushil Biswal, the husband of deceased Smitarani Biswal, today approached the Odisha State Human Rights Commission (OSHRC) and State Commission for Women (SCW) seeking its intervention for justice in the death case.

Smitarani, the village level worker (VLW) and in-charge Panchayat Extension Officer of Haridaspur panchayat in Jajpur district was found dead under mysterious circumstances on October 16.

Levelling serious allegation against the Haridaspur sarpanch Madhusmita Bhadra and her husband Rupesh Bhadra, Sushil alleged that the duo used to pressurise her wife to do illegal works pertaining to Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and old-age pension schemes.

“She never liked to indulge in any irregularities. I feel that she was blackmailed to do some illegal work and subsequently murdered when she denied to do so,” said Sushil.

Sushil also targeted the Jajpur district police for making failed attempts to make it appear a case of suicide.

Smitarani (31), a resident of Bhubanpur village in the district, had gone to Haridaspur gram panchayat to disburse old age pension to the beneficiaries. After disbursing pension in Bhadanga village, she had gone to the guest house, owned by Rupesh in Baligari area.

Later, her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan with a ‘dupatta’ tied around her neck, Bhadra had said.

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