Not Crime Branch, but RDC would probe Chandpur incident, Nayagarh SP replaced


Bhubaneswar: The Chandpur quadruple murder last week and the subsequent police firing on Thursday at the agitating locals (which claimed one life and injured a few others including some cops) seems to have put the state government under tremendous pressure, feel political experts.

That clearly is visible from the fact that only a few hours after DG Police Sanjeev Marik announced on Friday that the incident would be probed by the Crime Branch, chief minister Naveen Patnaik ordered a RDC level enquiry into the incident, they pointed out.

It is worth mentioning that apart from ordering a RDC probe, the chief minister further announced that the enquiry report would be submitted within one month time. Interestingly, while earlier the DGP had informed that Ranpur inspector in-charge (IIC) Chandrasekhar Mohanty has been suspended, hours after that Nayagarh SP Niti Shekhar was replaced by Manoranjan Mohanty, as per order of the CM, who also is head of the state Home department. Shekhar was transferred to state police headquarters, informed official sources.

The opposition parties however remarked that all these announcements could have been made without any confusion and overlapping of decisions. Further, it was also bit confusing why the DG Police first ordered a Crime Branch, and then the CM’s office asked for a RDC enquiry. Did the state government let down the top cop?

Well, while all these questions are likely to provide enough fodder for the opposition parties to point out the possible lack of coordination in the government decisions, the locals however stated that they want immediate arrest of the assailants, who killed four members of a family in their locality on September 6. They also want an impartial probe into the police firing incident, sources said.