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Wife of Deceased DWO blames Rayagada Collector and ITDA PA

RayagadaDistrict Welfare Officer (DWO), Rayagada, Dhaneswar Prusty, allegedly committed suicide by hanging in his office on Tuesday. Though the office was closed for Shivaratri, why had Prusty gone to the office is yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, Prusty’s wife Kamini Sahu has lodged a complaint with the police alleging that her husband was under severe mental stress due to frequent strictures by the collector and the PA, ITDA of the district.

“My husband was frequently harassed and humiliated by the higher authorities including the district collector Sashi Bhusan Padhy and the Project Administrator (PA), Integrated Tribal Development Authority (ITDA) Gorachand Gamang in the review meetings,” alleged Kamini in her complaint.

She also said as her husband was in a state of depression, she had approached the district collector Mr. Padhy several times and asked him why such harassment is meted out to a senior official. But there was no response from the collector.

It is to be noted that the role of the said Collector was blamed from many quarters in case of the mysterious Itishree murder case.

However, Rayagada SP K Siva Subramani informed the media that a scientific team from Bhubaneswar would arrive in Rayagada for an on-the-spot investigation into the case.

Stating that the Rayagada SDPO Y Jagannath Rao has been entrusted to probe into the case, he assured that the investigation would be impartial.

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