Activists of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) held demonstration in front of Ganjam block office in Ganjam district on Saturday to protest against the gruesome murder of a female Public Distribution System (PDS) dealer, Pranati Das (30) by a sarpanch and his associates at Rambha on Dec 30, 2012.

Women activists of the organisation took out a rally and held demonstration in front of the block office. A public meeting was also held at the spot. The demonstrators handed over a memorandum with three demands addressed to the State Governor at the block office.

Through the memorandum they demanded CBI inquiry into the murder of the woman. According to them most of the enquiries by State agencies were not being able to get the culprits punished. Moreover, they also alleged that political links of the sarpanch and four others arrested in this case increased the need for an enquiry by the CBI. They also demanded trial of this case to be held through a fast track court for speedy justice and punishment for the culprits.

The AIDWA wanted the State government to provide 20 lakh rupees compensation to the family of the woman, who was murdered. The protestors were led by Ganjam district secretary of the AIDWA, Ranjubala Sahu, local panchayat samity member Puspanjali Jena. Vice president of Ganjam district Odisha Krushak Sabha (OKS) and former Zilla Parishad member Harikrishna Reddy also took part in the demonstration to express their solidarity.

The assailants had murdered Pranati in most inhuman manner. They had first made lethal attack on her by sharp weapons. Then they had douched her kerosene and torched her. The victim had died in a private hospital in Visakhapatnam on Dec 31 morning. Police has arrested five persons in this case including the sarpanch of Sana Ramchandrapur panchayat, Manas Ranjan Nahak.