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Pipili panel seeks sacked cop’s view

Cuttack, May 31: The Justice P.K. Mohanty Commission has decided to consider the point of view of dismissed police inspector Amulya Kumar Champatiray in connection with the alleged Pipili gangrape case and the doctors involved in different stages of the victim’s treatment before recording the evidence of witnesses.

The commission feels their standpoint is necessary to assess the statements filed before it and has directed them to file affidavits before the next sitting on June 12, official sources said.

The victim was found unconscious on a paddy field at Arjungoda village within Pipili police station limits on November 29 last year. The commission had visited the spot on May 13.

“Apart from the then inspector-in-charge of Pipili police station and doctors involved in the treatment of the victim at Pipili hospital and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, the commission has directed Prafulla Kumar Behera (the person reportedly working in the paddy field when the body was found) and Prasanta Kumar Behera (the person who took the victim from the spot to hospital on a bike) to file affidavits,” an official of the commission said.

According to the chargesheet submitted by the CID-Crime Branch, on the day of the incident, accused Prashant Pradhan used the dupatta of the victim to strangulate her. When he heard a tractor approaching, Prashant ran away thinking the victim was dead.

“The tractor driver and his helper (names not known to the commission) have also been directed to file affidavits,” said the official.

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 a native of Pipili). The state government has filed an affidavit giving details of the police officials and the doctors who were involved in the case.

The Odisha government appointed the retired high court judge to ascertain the circumstances leading to the loss of consciousness of the victim . The commission has also been asked to identify the persons responsible for the incident and role of the police in discharging their responsibility.

The director-general of police had dismissed Amulya Kumar Champatiray on January 24, indicating that the inspector in charge of Pipili police station had allegedly “subverted the procedure established by law”, “shielded criminals involved in heinous crime involving a scheduled caste girl” and “suppressed registration of case”.

On May 11, the state CID-Crime Branch had filed a chargesheet for criminal liability against Champatiray after finding a prima facie case under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act in connection with the plight of the victim.

Investigating officer Ramesh Chandra Sethi had filed a status report in Orissa High Court indicating that it would finalise investigation on specific criminal liability of doctors and accordingly submit chargesheet after receiving clarifications from the director of medical education and training (DMET).

The high court is monitoring investigation into the alleged incident and treatment of the victim on a petition seeking proper inquiry, proper treatment at the expense of the state government and her rehabilitation along with compensation. The investigating agency had requested the director of medical education and training to constitute a team of doctors and give their findings on criminal liability of doctors. The DMET constituted a team consisting of nine doctors and the team had submitted a detailed analysis concerning the role of doctors in different stages of treatment of the victim. The CID-Crime Branch had since sought clarification on some queries from the DMET, the investigating officer said.