Pipili Felony: Agriculture Minister Resigns as Chief Minister is Eager to Save Skin

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathi has finally resigned from the Council of Ministers.

In Pipili gang rape case, he had tried to intimidate the Press when his name was mentioned in reports reflecting the version of the brother of the rape victim. In reaction thereto, the whole of the State perishing under misrule, barring the ruling party beneficiaries, had stood solidly with the media giving birth to Orissa Gana Samaj where all non-BJD political parties, without using party flags, were one with media persons, women organizations, students, youth and NGOs in condemning the crime and demanding immediate resignation of Maharathi to whom needle of suspicion as the protector of the criminals was strongly pointing.

Maharathi has resigned on moral ground.

But to the opposition parties, this is a drama enacted as the Chief Minister is eager to save his skin as the Home Minister. The Government needs be dismissed for having collaborated with the crime so far, they say.

Rapists’ Alleged Shield in the State Cabinet Intimidates the Press

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

People in Orissa have become such habituated with keeping mum in the prevalent environment of crime that the students and social activists – usually the most vocal in collective civil causes – were not even daring to raise voice against the negligence to the Pipili rape victim – battling for life under coma – till media coverage made it a matter worth sharp societal attention.

NOW the civil society stands in solidarity with the victim and she is receiving medical care at SCB Medical College, Cuttack, where a couple of days ago treatment was denied to her.

The Pipili Police Station in-charge, who had remained gravely negligent to the case of the victim has NOW been displaced by way of transfer and police has registered the case that then it was not looking at.

The family members of the victim, who were not daring to utter the names of the bruits that perpetrated the crime, lest they further torture, are NOW pointing their accusing fingers at them and unambiguously naming them even before the cameras.

NOW there is no aloofness in the public and many have started believing that police can no more succeed in covering up endeavor, if any.

But NOW the loudmouthed leader of the ruling party, the Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathi has become very angry with the media. He has hurled alarming words at media persons and media organizations for having carried the versions of the victim’s family members, in a style akin to act of intimidation.

Whither the State?