Cuttack: A day after the State Government ordered a judicial probe into the Pipili gangrape case, Crime Branch on Saturday released the photograph of the prime accused Prashant Pradhan alias Pasei.
Moreover, the authorities of the S.C.B Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) are also contemplating to shift the victim to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi.
“The health committee consisting of heads of six departments has recommended the authorities to shift the victim to AIIMS for more sophisticated treatment,” said Hospital Administrator Sanjita Das.
A final decision is this regard is likely to be taken by the State Government and Odisha High Court.
“We would soon appraise the recommendation of the health committee to the honourable Court and State Government for necessary action,” Das added.
Meanwhile, political parties continued to make a beeline to the Central Intensive Care Unit where the victim is now undergoing treatment. However, political parties cutting across partylines have decided not to make the Pipili gangrape case a political issue in the upcoming panchayat elections in the state.
“We have decided not to make it an issue in the panchayat election on humanitarian grounds. However, the state government has failed to provide better treatment to the victim who is now battling for her life at the hospital,” said Odisha Pradesh Congress Chief Niranjan Patnaik.
Apart from Congress, an all party delegation led by Bijay Mohapatra also urged the SCB authorities to refer the victim to AIIMS. “It would be more appropriate if the victim is shifted to AIIMS for more sophisticated treatment. Moreover, today we have requested the authorities to make necessary arrangements in this regard,” Mohapatra said.
Earlier, the state government has also ordered for a judicial probe into the case following public outcry over the alleged involvement of Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy.
The case of the alleged Pipili gangrape victim took a new turn on Sunday when girl’s father refused to give his consent towards the shifting of the victim to the AIIMS, New Delhi, from the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH), Cuttack.
Authorities at SCBMCH had taken the decision of shifting the victim to the AIIMS for better treatment on Saturday. Accordingly, arrangements were made for flying her to Delhi on Sunday.
Moreover, the authorities dispatched a messenger to contact the victim’s father Kabuli Behera with the help of the Puri Collector to seek permission about shifting his daughter to AIIMS.
“Kabuli Behera was approached for his consent for shifting his daughter to AIIMS. But he flatly denied,” SCBMCH superintendent Prof. D N Moharana said.
Meanwhile, Kabuli Behera, father of the victim on Monday has said that his daughter will not be shifted to AIIMS and will undergo treatment at SCBMCH.