Jajpur VLW Suicide Case: Victim’s Father Fears Life, Wishes To Leave Odisha

01 November 2019


Jajpur: In the latest twist to the mysterious death of Village Level Worker (VLW) Smitarani Biswal of Haridaspur panchayat in Jajpur district, her father has expressed fear for his life and wished to leave State.

Giving up all hope on local Police investigation, Sadananda Biswal, said, “The people who can conspire and kill my daughter, can easily kill me also. I do not trust the local Police and their probe. Since I am very vocal about the case, the culprits might attack me too. It is best if I leave Odisha for Mumbai or Delhi where my sons reside.”

“Only CBI inquiry will bring out the true story and hence justice for my daughter,” said Sadananda.

It is important to note here that Smitarani's husband too has demanded a CBI inquiry.

It may be pointed out that body of Smitarani Biswal was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in the guest house on October 16. She worked as a Village Level Worker (VLW)-cum-Panchayat Extension Officer (PEO) of Haridaspur gram panchayat. Later on October 19, one Rupesh Bhadra was arrested by the police for abetting the suicide.

The prima facie evidence had revealed that Smitarani had an extramarital affair with Sarpanch Madhusmita Bhadra's husband Rupesh Bhadra. The victim was over-possessive and used to coerce him to leave his wife and stay with her. They had some minor argument in this regard earlier and on the fateful day, when Smitarani had gone to attend a lunch at the former's guest house, she again raised the issue.

However, instead of counselling her, Rupesh said that he can't leave his wife and challenged Smitarani to take any step possible. In the heat of the moment, she went to the restroom and committed suicide by hanging herself. The Police hence booked Rupesh under section 360 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Sadananda Biswal