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Odisha gangrape: Violence erupts in Bhubaneswar as BJP calls for bandh

Aug 10, 2013 11:20 AM IST Politics Politics

Bhubaneswar: A day after 14-year-old girl died after being gangraped and set on fire, BJP workers announced a bandh and held protest on Saturday in Bhubaneswar in Odisha. The rail and road services have been hit by the bandh. The protestors also attacked college buses trying to pass through.

The girl, a Class VII student from Kharinasi village under Mahakalpara block in Kendrapara district struggled for survival for 12 days at the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack after being set ablaze on July 28.

21-year-old Eakadashi Das and 20-year-old Pradip Das were arrested for setting the girl ablaze and for attempted rape, sub-divisional police officer, Human Rights cell, Kendrapara, Shantanu Kumar Padhee said.

The activist have demanded the resignation of Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik in the wake of the incudent. People have alleged that state govt is responsible for the death of the girl as she was not givrn proper treatment.

Meanwhile, Odisha Health Minister Damodar Rout on Friday blamed protestors for creating a disturbance near the ICU where the 14-year-old breathed her last.

"The girl was alive though critical when she entered the ICU at the Capital Hospital. She breathed her last after some time," Rout told reporters, rejecting allegations of negligence on the part of the state government.

"I suspect loud noises near the ICU could have had some adverse impact on the health of the victim," he said. The minister said the girl's ambulance was chased by protestors who went up to the ICU and shouted at the top of their voices.

"I have a great suspicion that the noise near ICU worsened her health condition and she died," Rout, a veterinary doctor, said.

He said the state government had been very sensitive and attentive towards the girl, adding, "It is a matter of investigation whether the noise made by protestors led to the girl's sudden death."

Rout said the girl was admitted to the burns unit of the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack on July 28 with over 65 per cent burns and was later shifted to the plastic surgery ward. When her condition became critical and she faced breathing problems, a medical board decided to shift her to Safdarjung
Hospital in Delhi and accordingly an Air India flight was kept ready to airlift her.

"Unfortunately, her condition became worse, forcing doctors to rush her to the ICU of the Capital Hospital," the Minister said.

(With Additional Information From PTI)