BHUBANESWAR: A team of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC), which visited R Udaygiri in Gajapati district on Monday, demanded strong action against former collector Basudev Bahinipati and PA of Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) for delaying sanctioning of stipend for nursing student Sunita Raita, forcing her to commit suicide.
Rejecting the compensation of `1 lakh announced by State Government for the family of the deceased tribal student, the OPCC team demanded ex gratia amount be increased to `10 lakh. OPCC president Jaydev Jena, who led the team, said there is no need for further probe into the incident as the suicide note of Sunita has blamed Bahinipati and PA, ITDA for forcing her to take the ultimate step. Former MP Pradip Majhi and other senior Congress leaders were part of the delegation. Worried over the fallout of suicide by the tribal girl student, the Government had on Sunday transferred Gajapati Collector Basudev Bahinipati. It acted after the suicide note of Sunita was found on Saturday. She committed suicide by hanging herself on August 13 after failing to get her stipend despite visiting the ITDA office several times. She is reported to have approached Bahinipati on August 11 with her grievance when the latter had gone to her village, Diptinagar locality in R Udaygiri.
A team from OPCC had also visited Khuntiguda village in Papadahandi block of Nabarangpur on Sunday to meet the family members of Kanakdei, who set herself on fire after failing to pay school fees. She succumbed at SCB MCH on August 14. The team had demanded a CB probe into the incident to fix responsibility on the erring officials.