In the meeting, the leaders discussed regarding the FIR
lodged against Prasanta Patnaik, Rabi Das, Conveners of the Odisha Gana Samaj,
Women Congress President and former Minister Bijaylaxmi Sahu, former Minister
Panchanana Kanungo, and former police I.G. Surendra Nath Swain and condemned the
same saying that it is nothing but an attempt to divert the public attention
against the miscreants and inaction of the Government.
The Fir has been termed
as mollified and motivated action of few intending to divert the public
attention.The leaders further said in the interest of the public and to
uphold democratic values, the case filed in the Pipili Police Station should be
withdrawn and the police should take appropriate action against persons who have
filed such false and fabricated allegations. Amongst others, Suresh Panigrahi of
CPI (M), Mahendra Parida of CPI (ML), Lenin Sarani, Rabi Behera of S.J.P.,
Bhabani Parija of Odisha, Joint Conveners Rabi Das and Prasanta Patnaik, Senior
media persons Ramesh Mohanty and Girija Dash were present during the discussion.
It was decided in the today’s meeting to convene an emergency meeting of Odisha
Gana Samaja on June 18, 2012, Monday at the Conference Hall of Red
Cross Bhavan, Bhubaneswar at 5 p.m. to decide the future course of action.
It’s to be mentioned that, an FIR was lodged on Thursday, June 1, 2012 against
two senior journalists, two local leaders and a former top police officer on
charges of defaming Pipili and its residents by raising the issue of alleged
gang rape case of a Dalit girl.