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April 11 hearing for Santosini

Bhubaneswar, March 24: The State Commission for Women has asked Santosini Mallick, 31, who brought allegations of dowry-torture against her brother-in-law and senior IPS officer Gopabandhu Mallick, to appear before it on April 11.

Confirming this to The Telegraph, the complainant, who is the mother of two girls, said: “The commission has asked me and my husband to appear on April 11. I got the letter a day ago. I will explain everything before the commission and demand justice.”

In her FIR, Santosini accused the IPS officer, apart from her husband Nand Kishore Mallick, father-in-law Purna Chandra Mallick, mother-in-law Subasini Mallick, sister-in-law Bhabani Mallick and her husband’s brother Akshay Mallick of torturing her for dowry.

Stating that she was passing through a harrowing time, Santosini said: “No one has been arrested despite lodging an FIR last week. Police should take them into custody. They have taken both my daughters away and are not allowing me to meet them.”

Chairperson of the commission, Lopamudra Buxipatra, said: “I will comment only after going through the details of the case.”

In a damage control exercise, the state government last night shifted the additional director general (ADG) of police and the chief investigating officer of the State Human Rights Commission, Gopabandhu Mallick, to the police headquarters and posted him as ADG (communications).

Santosh Upadhyay, who was inspector general (communications), was posted as the chief investigator of State Human Rights Commission.

Mohanty case

In the other dowry torture case, police is yet to arrest former minister Raghunath Mohanty. “We are running out of patience. The human rights cell is yet to arrest the accused,” said K.K. Choudhury, father of Barsa Swony, who brought allegation of dowry torture against Mohanty and his family.

Deputy superintendent of police Subal Kar said: “We are working round the clock. We are vigilant and all efforts are being made to arrest them.”