Bhubaneswar: Addressing a press conference here in the city, Secretary of Charitable Organisation Society For Children (SOCH) Manoj Swain have demanded a high level probe in 16-year-old Bangladeshi migrant torture case.
He also refuted allegations of demanding money from the ‘Asha Kiran’ foundation.
While speaking to the media, Swain said that SOCH alomg with Asha Kiran were working on a project together where they have paid them more than Rs 5 lakh. Now when they have noticed the way they were torturing the inmates, they have decided to pull back from the project and asked them to return the unspent amount of money which earlier they had we given them.
He also alleged that Khurda Child Welfare Commission (CWC) member Benudhar Senapati was trying to dilute the case as he has vested interest in it.
He said that many guidelines have been violated in appointing Benudhar Senapati as the CWC member. He sought for immediate resignation from the CWC and for an independent and impartial investigation into the case.
Earlier, a 16-year-old Bangladeshi migrant was rescued by the NGO SOCH in Puri. The boy alleged that he was physically tortured in ‘Asha Kiran’, a city-based NGO, where he was staying.
Reacting to this, Khurda CWC said that it was a conspiracy to defame the image of the child shelter home.
While, CWC member Benudhar Senapati have alleged that Manoj Swain and ‘Soch’ had sent messages to Asha Kiran director demanding ransom of Rs 1 lakh.