Life Convict on Hunger Strike

Published: 28th April 2016 06:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th April 2016 06:40 AM   |  A+A-

RAYAGADA: The former inspector of schools (SI) Netrananda Dandasena, who started hunger strike after being convicted for the murder of Sikhya Sahayak Itishree Pradhan, was taken to District Headquarters Hospital for a health check-up on Wednesday.

Sources said, after a thorough examination Dr Deevendu Kumar Dev got him admitted in the hospital citing blood pressure and hypertension.

Rayagada District and Sessions Court sentenced Dandasena, the lone accused in the case, to life imprisonment on Tuesday.

Terming the verdict as unjust, Dandasena said he was not involved in any case of sexual harassment or torture and claimed that he was transferred even before Itishree joined the school as a non-formal teacher. I am in no way involved in the cases, he claimed.

On being questioned by mediapersons, Dandasena questioned as to why have some political leaders of Rayagada district been spared without being brought into the purview of CBI inquiry. Dandsena said Binod Nayak, Chandra Sekher Panda, Pabitra Mohan Nayak and Durjyo Naik have conspired and involved me in the case.

Itishree, a non-formal teacher with the Upper Primary School at Tikri in Rayagada, was set on fire by an unidentified miscreant on school premises on October 27, 2013. She succumbed to the injuries at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam on November 1.

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