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February 22, 2009

ORISSA INDIA NEWS -- Vivekananda Biswal is most wanted with a combined reward of up to 75,000 Indian rupees (INR) for his arrest. Biswal is wanted for his alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy to abduct and gang-rape Ms. Anjana Mishra in the Barang District of Cuttack, Orrrisa, India. Additionally, the combined reward is offered by the CBI (50,000 INR) and the State Police Authority, Orissa (25,000 INR).

However, the following account of the atrocity perpetrated against Ms Anjana Mishra begins long before the alleged abduction and gang rape took place. The conspiracy to harm Mishra evolves from her refusal to surrender to inequality between women and men within Indian society, and the abuse of public power and corruption inside state government. Also, I should add Ms Anjana Mishra is a strikingly beautiful woman.

Ms Anjana Mishra gang rape is alleged to have stemmed from a then ongoing case against late Chief Prosecutor of the Orissa High Court Advocate-General (AG) Indrajeet Ray. According to Mishra on July 11, 1997, she was asked to attend lunch at his residence by the AG to discuss some urgent developments in her dowry/torture case against her former husband Subash Chandra Mishra and sister-in-law. Complying with the AG's demand, Mishra went to this residence only to have the AG attempt to rape her. Mishra claims that an interruption during the "lunch" saved her from the man's sexual attack. Furthermore, Mishra claims that there was unwanted physical contact between her and Ray.

After the encounter with the AG, Mishra petitioned the Chief Minister for Justice reporting the incident with Indrajeet Ray, and on July 19, 1997, at the Cantonment Police Station in Cuttack filed a First Incident Report (FIR) against then Advocate-General Indrajeet Ray.

Over time, numerous attempts were made to settle the legal case between Mishra and Indrajeet Ray. The first compromise proposal was brought by a woman minister Bijoy Laxmi Sahoo and then other ministers such as Kishore Patel, Jagannath Patnaik and Durga Shankar Patnaik brought later versions of the original settlement proposal. Refusing to compromise, Mishra then began to receive threats of violence. Mishra stated some of the intimidation included such threats as acid would be thrown in her face or there would be a repetition of the Tandoor case, in which a man in Orissa allegedly burned his wife's body after cutting it into pieces. Finally, Mishra was also threatened that she would be gang-rape. These threats continued for more than a year eventually causing the Orissa high court to provide 24 hour police protection, which was posted just outside her home. Meanwhile, the now former state Director General of Police, Amiya Bhusan Tripathy, alleged that Chief Minister J B Patnaik, Forest Minister Kishore Patel and Indrajeet Ray, had entered into a criminal conspiracy to quash the Central Bureau of Investigation, which had assumed the ongoing investigation into the case. Additionally, the former DGP claimed the state forensic science laboratory report which examined Anjana's clothes after the alleged attempted rape clearly showed evidence supporting Mishra claim. However, Tripathy believed Ray had corrupted forensic science laboratory personnel to dilute the report in his favor.

Then on January 8, 1999, Indrajeet Ray was granted an ex parte stay of trial by challenging the designated court's refusal to allow him to cross-examine the witnesses. The following day upon hearing the news of Ray's stay of trial, Mishra decided to meet her Attorney to discuss the implications of the stay order. After several times requesting a police escort from the post outside her home, Mishra asked visiting Sutanu Guru, Editor of Orissa TV to accompany her to her Attorney in Cuttack.

Accompanied by Guru, the two friends set out via a taxi to Cuttack at 8:30 P.M.. Mishra preferred the Barang route to Cuttack in order to avoid traffic. Traveling in Barang, the taxi slowed for a man standing in the road waving his arms. Parked next to the man was a scooter with two other men. When the Taxi came to a stop, the man immediately displaying a revolver, the man forced Sutanu Guru to the front seat and while holding the revolver to Guru's head began sexually assaulting Anjana Mishra. A second man with a curved weapon similar to a sickle pushed the driver to the scooter. Next, the second man returned to the taxi and drove the vehicle to a forest nearby Nandan Kanan National Park followed by the third assailant on the scooter with the Taxi driver. Once reaching their destination, the men later identified as Tuna Mohanty, Padia Sahoo, and Vivekananda Biswal dragged the woman from the vehicle and in turn repeatedly raped Anjana Mishra for four hours. Furthermore, both the taxi driver, Guru, and Mishra were severely beaten throughout the ordeal. Mishra also stated that she was told the gang rape was the price she was paying for being stubborn and for failing to compromise with Indrajeet Ray.

Eventually the assailants released their victims. Mishra immediately went to her Attorney's residence in Cuttack and then to the women police station in Bhuabneshwar. After filing a FIR, she was later sent to the SCB medical college hospital for medical examination with a police escort.

On January 15, 1999, Padia Sahoo was identified by Mishra as one of her assailants while Tuna Mohanty was arrested on January 25, 1999. Indrajeet Ray was sentenced to three years imprisonment for his attempted rape of Misrha in February 2000. While both gang rapists, Sahoo and Mohanty were convicted for and sentenced to life imprisonment on April 29, 2002, for their part in the rape and abduction of the trio in a court of law. Unfortunately, the third gang-rapist, Vivekananda Biswal still remains at-large.

Vivekananda Biswal is the son of late Kalandi Biswal AKA Purnendu Biswal, and is described as:

  • Birth Date: 1974
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Eyes: Black
  • Hair: Black
  • Complexion: Light Wheatish
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: Black
  • LKA: Narayanipur village, Barang district, Cuttack, Orissa, India.

Vivekananda Biswal is also known to use the following aliases:

  • Biban
  • Biman
  • VK

Finally, a decade has past since the horrifying gang-rape and brutalization of Anjana Mishra. We sincerely hope that Ms Mishra has been able to put this episode in her life into the past and continue on to become a successful productive person. This heinous crime of rape is a reality in India, but more importantly which also provides a glimpse into inequality faced by women in Indian society. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of Vivekananda Biswal, the alleged third rapist remains unknown and free to possibly commit dacoity again. Therefore, the need to find this fugitive, Vivekananda Biswal, who is to be considered armed and dangerous, is of utmost importance. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Vivekananda Biswal should contact: CBI at (033)2334-8713, (033) 2359-6119 or (0361) 2205531, (0361) 2207414.

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