A day after his conviction and life sentence by the Rayagada District and Sessions Court of Odisha in the sensational Itishree Pradhan murder case, Netrananda Dandasena, the former School Inspector (SI), started an indefinite hunger strike in jail from Wednesday.
He resorted to an indefinite hunger strike inside Rayagada sub-jail claiming that he was innocent and alleged that his conviction and punishment was ‘sheer injustice’. Before starting hunger strike, Dandasena had handed over a petition regarding his decision to Rayagada sub-jail Superintendent Raj Kishor Nayak.
Mr Nayak informed his higher ups in the State administration and the Rayagada District Collector about the decision. Dandasena was then provided a separate room and warder when he started the hunger strike.
Speaking to The Hindu on Wednesday evening, Deputy Inspector General of prisons, Gopabandhu Mallik said jail authorities were keeping a close watch on Dandasena. “He was shifted outside Rayagada sub-jail for medical help,” he added.
Dandasena has been convicted as the prime conspirator behind the murder of Ms Itishree. This contractual teacher posted at Tikiri upper primary school had been doused with kerosene and torched by some miscreants on October 27, 2013. She had succumbed to her injuries at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam on November 1, 2013.
In her dying declaration, Ms Itishree had named Dandasena as the prime conspirator. But the persons who were directly involved in the murder are yet to be identified.