SC orders CBI Probe into Itishree Murder Case after Crime Branch Failure

New Delhi, Jan 20: Following the failure of Odisha crime branch in resolving the sensational Itishree Pradhan Murder case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the case.

The apex court directed the CBI to form an investigative team within a week to nab the accused in the gruesome murder of Itishree Pradhan, a woman teacher at Tikiri Upper Primary School in Rayagada district, who was set on fire and died on Nov 1, 2013.

The CBI was asked to submit a report within two months.

Itishree was the victim of sexual harassment. She was allegedly set on fire while she was in her room at the school premises on the night of Oct 27, 2013. She died after battling for life for five days at the Care Hospital in Vishakhapatnam where she was admitted.

In her statement at the hospital, she had blamed the district administration and school authorities for the apathy and not taking any action against the culprit, who had been sexually harassing her, despite her repeated complaints.

The incident sparked a statewide protests demanding fair investigation into the case. The Odisha crime branch that was probing the matter failed to nab the accused.

The justice is still awaited.

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