Dr P. L Punia, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC)
Dr P. L Punia, Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC)
Bhubaneswar: Dr P. L Punia, the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), on Sunday, demanded the arrest of the doctors and the cops for the negligence of their duty in the alleged Pipili gangrape case.

Dr. Punia met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Secretariat on Sunday evening and discussed the whole incident. Holding police and doctors responsible for the plight of the 19-year-old dalit rape victim, he demanded arrest of the erring officials.

“Though the then inspector-in-charge of Pipili police station has been dismissed from service, he should be arrested and sent to jail along with doctors who neglected treatment of the rape victim,” Dr Punia told reporters after meeting Naveen Patnaik.

“It was shocking that the doctors at the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack discharged the girl in an unconscious state leaving her to die,” Punia said.

Adding that the girl was given anti-venum injection Punia said, ” I doubt the doctors acted under pressure and did not treat the girl properly and are certainly responsible for the present plight of the girl”.

However, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that a judicial inquiry was ordered into the Pipili gang rape case and the Crime Branch was also inquiring into the incident. Already four accused involved in the case have been arrested and action would definitely be taken against any one found guilty after the inquiry was over be it a police or a doctor.

Moreover, Dr. Punia, who is on a three day visit to Odisha, reviewed the steps that were taken against the dalits whose houses were set afire following a defeat in the Panchayat polls in Bolangir and Dhenkanal.

“Though some arrests had been made, the main accused is still not arrested,” Dr. Punia, who earlier in the day visited Lathore village in Bolangir district said.

Dr. Puniya regretted that though there was a provision to reserve 16 per cent of the seats in school and colleges for the SC students, it was not being implemented. Similarly, the 16 per cent reservation provision was also not being implemented in the State services and demanded a special recruitment drive to be launched to fill up the posts.