BHUBANESWAR: Did a complacent police lead to attack on call centre employee Namita Rani Padhi on Friday? Looking back, the year gone by for the Padhi family lends credence to allegation of police inaction which bolstered the assailant.
A day after the shooting incident, the family broke its silence and revealed that the incident could be a continuation of last year’s attack on Namita’s brother-in-law Sanjay Mishra, a drug store salesman. He was shot at in Shastri Nagar under Kharavela Nagar Police limits.
On April 9 last year, unknown miscreants fired on Sanjay. Later Commissionerate Police arrested five youths and claimed they had been given ‘supari’ by the main accused ‘Kalia’ to pull the trigger. Kalia had reportedly unrequited love for Sanjay’s wife and been trying to settle a score with the couple. Namita is the sister of Sanjay’s wife.
However, Kalia was never nabbed and Commissionerate Police reportedly went easy on the case instead of going after him. Moreover, the five, who had been arrested, got bail after a month. Family sources said the prime accused is alleged to have been after them ever since and trying to destroy their lives. Even Sanjay’s father Amareswar Mishra was not spared as miscreants had poured acid on his face. Sanjay too had been roughed up by Kalia at Jayadev Vihar.
“We tried to seek attention of the police. We went to Kharavela Nagar Police Station, DCP Office, Commissioner’s Office but in vain. Our family even submitted a petition in the grievance cell of the Chief Minister,” said a family member.
The Padhi family is hard-pressed financially and Namita’s job came as a great support. The family members believe that she was shot at in the leg so that it would leave her incapacitated and cost her the call centre job causing more hardship for them.