Cuttack, May 2: The P.K. Mohanty Commission, which is probing into the alleged Pipili gangrape case, has decided to conduct a “spot visit” before recording evidence from witnesses.
“The commission took the decision in its fourth sitting yesterday and fixed May 13 for a visit to Arjungoda village within the limits of Pipili police station where the incident took place,” commission secretary Niranjan Nayak told The Telegraph today.
The victim was found unconscious on a paddy field on November 29 last year. The Odisha government had appointed the Justice P.K. Mohanty Commission to ascertain the circumstances leading to the loss of consciousness of the girl. The commission has also been asked to identify the persons responsible for the incident and the role of the police in discharging their duties.
The commission feels that a spot visit is necessary to appreciate the statements filed before it.
The commission has so far received 22 affidavits. Among those who had filed affidavits are the victim’s father and paternal uncle, six persons from the victim’s village and a high court lawyer (who is also a native of Pipili).
“The Odisha government has filed an affidavit giving details of the police officers and the doctors who were involved in the case. The date for the next sitting will be decided after the spot visit,” Nayak said.
Official sources said seven doctors — three doctors at Pipili, two at Capital Hospital and two at SCB Medical College and Hospital — are facing charges of negligence. The Odisha government had initiated proceedings against them for alleged dereliction of duty. The victim was allegedly not given a medical examination even though she was found in an unconscious state. She was allegedly injected with anti-venom even though there was no symptom of snakebite.
The state government had constituted a three-member committee headed by the director of medical education and training to inquire into the alleged negligence by the doctors attending to her before she was admitted to the special intensive care unit at SCB on January 11. The victim has since been in a state of coma.
In another development, Orissa High Court has directed the CID-Crime Branch investigating into the alleged gangrape case to submit a report on the criminal liability of local police and doctors responsible for the plight of the victim.
The court issued the directive after the investigating agency stated in a status report that the investigation had been kept open to examine the criminal liability of local police officers and doctors.
The court has been monitoring investigation into the alleged incident and treatment of the victim on a petition seeking proper inquiry and treatment at the expense of the Odisha government and her rehabilitation along with compensation.