A couple demanding justice for their five-year-old daughter tried to immolate themselves outside the Odisha Assembly in Bhubaneshwar on Tuesday.
High drama erupted at a high-security zone outside the Odisha Assembly premises today when a couple attempted to immolate themselves, demanding justice for their 5-year-old daughter Pari.
The on-duty police personnel had a tough time controlling the couple but managed to foil the self-immolation bid.
As per reports, the couple tried to immolate themselves by pouring kerosene on them, when the house was in session; police personnel deployed outside the Assembly rushed to the spot and foiled their bid. The cops seized the kerosene bottle and a matchbox from the couple.
The couple has been identified as Soudamini Sahu and Ashok Sahu of Jadupur village in Nayagarh district. Their five-year-old daughter was allegedly kidnapped in July this year and later her skeletal remains were found in the backyard of their house.
The couple alleged that their daughter’s decomposed body was recovered and they suspect rape and murder. They had even lodged FIR in the local police station, but justice has been denied to them to date, they alleged.
Why did the couple try the immolation bid?
The couple reportedly took the extreme step to draw the attention of the government. They have been moving from pillar to post with their pleas for the arrest of the accused. However, their appeals to Nayagarh SP and Collector fell on deaf ears, they alleged. The couple had knocked on the doors of several political leaders, MLAs and ministers and narrated their ordeal, but to no avail.
The deceased girl’s mother shouted slogans, ‘Arun Sahu (a minister) murdabad’. She further said, “Our daughter was brutally murdered. Babuli Nayak along with his accomplices killed her. Even as months have passed, the accused are moving scot-free. We went to Minister Arun Sahu for help several times, but he did not address our plight”. Minister Arun Sahu is shielding the accused in the incident, the couple further alleged.
Umashankar Dash (DCP) Bhubaneswar, told India Today that the couple had a grievance over the investigation into a case lodged in Nayagarh Sadar police station. “We made them speak to Nayagarh SP following which they left,” he said.