ORISSA GANA SAMAJA THANKS THE MEDIA

Orissa Gana Samaja joint conveners Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das have expressed their heartfelt gratitude to all the members of print, electronic and web media for giving adequate coverage to all the programs of the movement of the Gana Samaja in connection with Pipili gang rape case and to press the 8-point demands of the Samaja.

In a statement, both Patnaik and Das said the media persons and organizations have played a commendable role in highlighting the issue and creating massive public
opinion against the criminals, police officers, politicians who were trying to suppress facts for reasons best known to them . Media also played a commendable role in exposing the alleged criminal  negligence by the police and the medicos in providing timely treatment to the victim.

Orissa Gana Parishad hoped that it will get continued cooperation and encouragement from all friends in the media in future for the best interests of the people of Orissa.

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Justice P.K. Mohanty Requested to Reject Govt. Offer of Judicial Commission and Bar Associations Requested to Strengthen the Protest in the Matter of Pipili Gang Rape

Request to Justice P.K.Mohanty

The Orissa Gana Samaj comprising the united platform of media persons in Orissa – the Media Unity for Freedom of Press – and all Opposition parties and frontline civil society organizations of the State has requested Justice P. K. Mohanty not to accept the offer of the  State Government to act as the Inquiry Commission of Arjungoda (Pipili) gang rape case, which is one of the most heinous crimes against a dalit girl ever perpetrated under supportive canopy of the Government. Making it clear that the Commission is appointed “only to divert growing public anger and increasing demand for a CBI investigation into the case”, the OGS has urged upon Justice Mohanty to “decline offer of the Government in the interest of justice”.

Request to the Bar Associations

The OGS has also requested the members of all Bar Associations including the High Court Bar Association to join the mass protest rally to demonstrate today the wrath of public against official protection given to the rapists of Pipili in particular so far and the tactics contrived in shape of judicial inquiry to give the rapists indirect protection hereafter by delaying the possible actions under criminal laws, as the prosecution shall have to wait till the judicial investigations are over.

In an appeal, joint conveners of the OGS , Prasanta Patnaik and Rabi Das of MUFP have mentioned , ” it is a matter of great concern that the sexual harassment to women is rising in the State of Odisha every day. The increasing henious crime, needless to say, is due to inefficiency, acllousness and political intervension in the State police force. The occurrence in village Arjungoda under Pipili police station is one of the glaring example of such inaction of the Government. Every conseious citizen shall have to react and register their protest”.

As per the program, the protest would be offered in the form of procession start from Gopabandhu Bag, Cuttack on 24th January, 2012 in the morning at 10.30 a.m. and meeting at the end of it while handing over a memorandum to R.D.C. ( Central ) for the Government.

If Maharathi Resigns on Moral Ground, Where has Gone the Morality of the Chief Minister?

In reacting to resignation of Pradip Maharathi from the Council of Ministers in the context of Pipili gang rape case, Opposition stalwart Bijay Mohapatra has asked: if Maharathi has resigned on moral ground, where has gone the morality of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who despite being the Home Minister has not acted against the crime since 2008?

PCC President Niranjan Patnaik has termed Maharathi’s resignation as a drama enacted to save the CM’s skin.

The crime was committed in 2008 and since then the criminals are not punished. Even though the criminals are alleged to have gang raped the Pipili girl to the extent of suffocating her into coma under violent brutality in their nefarious design to eliminate every possibility of her deposition in the court, the police refused to act and the Home department controlled by the CM continued to ignore its responsibility in the matter. Therefore, if any body should quit on moral ground, more than Maharathi, it is the Chief-cum-Home Minister Naveen Patnaik, points out the PCC chief.

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.

ORISSA GANA SAMAJ APPEAL TO PARTICIPATE IN PROTEST MARCH AND DHARANA ON 16TH JANUARY, 2012.

Orissa Gana Samaj, a combine of media persons, creative thinkers, social activists, students and youth bigwigs, women organizations,writers and patriotic politicians of Orissa has resolved to raise voice against blatant misrule, distinctly defined in Pipili gang rape case in the context of the irresponsible police response and minister’s reaction thereto, through a protest march on 16 January, to begin with.

We post here below its appeal:

Dear Sir/Madam,

You might be aware about the unfortunate incident of gang rape in Pipili in which one of the victim committed suicide and the other victim is fighting for survival in the Central ICU of S.C.B. Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.

A team comprising of leaders of all non-BJD political parties, social activists, women organisations, media persons, advocates visited the hospital today and discussed with the authorities of the College Hospital about the treatment of the victim. They urged upon the Doctors to ensure that the victim gets best of treatment and care so that she can survive .

To protest against the inhuman atrocity on the victims of Pipili , and rising cases of rape and murders of in different places of the State , and callousness of the Government, we are organising a protest rally to be followed by dharana on Monday, the 16th January, 2012.

PROTEST MARCH:

The rally will start from Jaya Prakash Narayan Park ( Master Canteen ) at 10 a.m. and will go upto Raj Bhavan via Raj Mahal square.

DHARANA:

After reaching Raj Bhavan, we will have a sit-on demonstration till 4 p.m.

We appeal to all citizens , irrespective of political affiliations, intellectuals, workers organisations, lawyers ,writers, artists, actors, women organisations etc. to join this protest march and express solidarity with the victim’s family.

Prasanta Patnaik,
Rabi Das,
Joint Convenors.

No Confidence in the Crime Branch, Mr. Chief Minister?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In appointing a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to probe into the Pipili gang-rape case, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has indicated that he too has no faith in the Crime Branch of the State. Sad.

People are rejecting the Judicial Commission as such judicial commissions are of no use in timely dispensation of justice inasmuch as prosecutions will have to wait till the Government accepts its report and approves its recommendations, which may take a decade.

This nasty administrative game needs no elaboration, as, more than a dozen of Judicial Commissions appointed to probe into felonies committed during Naveen Patnaik’s incumbency are not yet able to arrive at their final findings.

When they conclude their investigations, they shall submit their answers to issues fixed by the Government to the Government under the Commission of Inquiries Act and then the Government, taking time as it likes, will decide on acceptability of the recommendations and then only, if recommendations are for prosecution against persons found responsible for the crime concerned, prosecution shall start. And, the case shall enter into a labyrinth of litigations, which the person or persons affected by the crime can seldom tackle to obtain justice.

So, Judicial Commissions of Inquiry are safe havens for the criminals.

Naveen Patnaik has provided such a haven to executants of the felony at Pipili.

Hence, the only alternative available, is a CBI inquiry. Orissa’s greatest watchdog of freedom of press, the Media Unity for Freedom of Press (MUFP) is spearheading the demand for such an inquiry.

Come Monday – 16 January – Bhubaneswar, the citadel of the rulers, will see political luminaries, social activists, students leaders, youth bigwigs, cultural celebrities together with the media persons in a very unique solidarity march against the State Government shying at the proposal for inquiry by CBI while its Minister from Pipili has been trying to intimidate the Press for having focused on the felony.

I maintain that it would have been the best had the primacy of Crime Branch in investigation into and initiation of penal prosecution against the Pipili crime not been crippled by the State Government. It is sad that the Police is tolerating this deathblow from the Chief Minister on credibility of its star sector, the Crime Branch. The Police top-brass’s ‘Yes Boss’ habit is making the gravest casualty of the crime investigation machinery. It is not yet defined, but discernible to alert eyes that the State Police is feeling suffocated by annihilation of credibility of the Crime Branch by a Chief Minister of no political will.

It would be better for Naveen to read the writings on the wall.