Supporters of Guna Singhari
were further outraged as the local BJD MP and a noted advocate Pinaki
Mishra fought the case of the accused in the Supreme Court and bailed
him out. Since these developments in regard to the murder case, Guna’s
supporters were looking for an opportunity to eliminate Mohanty, said
Anup Sahu, superintendent of police, Puri.
About the incident of firing, Sahu said
that two persons fired at the Minister near Amala Club in Puri town
February 21, late in the evening, while three others were giving cover
to the shooters. The SP added that the five accused followed the
minister a motorcycle throughout the day before opening fire.
The narration of reasons behind attack on
the Minister and the whole operation somehow indicated to a link between
the attacked Minister and the murder of Guna Singhari. “If police
believes the recent attack on the cabinet minister a fall out of Guna
Singhari murder case, it must first investigate into the minister’s link
in the murder of Singhari,” said former MLA and congress leader
town Umaballav Rath.
“The district police or, even, the state
police cannot take an impartial role and expose the political link
because they are played by people in power. So a central agency should
be assigned to investigate the case,” Rath added.
Allegations of involvement in criminal
activities are not new with Maheswar Mohanty. On 31 March, 2008 he was
forced to tender his resignation from the post of Speaker of the
Assembly after a suspended lady assistant marshal, Gayatri Panda,
levelled charges of sexual harassment against him. But before the
charges levelled were cleared, Mohanty managed to re-enter Naveen’s
cabinet in May 2011.
When subjects like corruption by misusing power and criminalisation of politics are debated in all major
political forums and when Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is
being projected as icon of transparent leadership, such allegations of
criminal links against a minister of his cabinet tell how patronisation of
political crimes go well under the mask of Naveen’s transparency.
If Naveen Patnaik and his government are
so committed to keep its transparent image untainted, it must order for
impartial probe into the crimes where political links are alleged.
But as politics has now got confined to
elections and votes only, and because Naveen and his BJD are too much
confident about winning the forthcoming elections and forming the next
government in Odisha, nobody knows if an order for impartial probe into
politically patronised crimes in the state is going to be issued by
Naveen Patnaik or his government.