Social activist Mamata Behera who allegedly forced Padma Shri Kamala Pujari to dance at ICU of SCB Medical College and Hospital failed to appear before Jeypore sub-collector.
Acting on notice served by the Koraput District Administration, Kamala attendant Rajib Hial appeared before the sub-collector, but Mamata cited a threat to life and failed to appear.
She claimed to have received death threats and submitted a written memorandum to the district administration. In the letter, she asked for more time and promised to show up in person.
Speaking to OTV, she said: “We were just trying to encourage her to be mentally strong. There was no malicious intent of any kind. Other than proper treatment, she recovered quickly. thanks to the encouragement. Many people who even visited him in the hospital also wished him good health. There was no other intention.”
“This video has gone viral. Some people started taking it positively while others took it negatively. So I asked for a new date to appear in person. Now the media has created such a situation that there is a threat to my life. But I will appear in person and take a stand,” she added.
Meanwhile, members of Paraja and Bhoomia Samaj have threatened to launch a massive protest if no action is taken against Mamata.
They condemned the incident and called on the state government to take legal action against the accused for damaging the image of Pujari who is the pride of the Adivasi people.
On the other hand, Kamala’s attendant, Rajib, said, “I was completely unaware of the video. I was not present during the filming of the video. I also gave it in writing. As the social worker unnecessarily dragged me into the argument, I was hurt and urged the sub-collector to act against the real defendant.