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Assault on BDO: OAS Officers body gives 72-hour ultimatum to Odisha govt

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 6:

All members of the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) Officers’ Association have decided to wear black badges if the state government fails to take action against the assault of a Block Development Officer (BDO) in the next three days.

OASOAThe decision was taken at an executive meeting of the Association here on Sunday.

“As per the decision taken at the meeting, a delegation of the Association would meet the Home secretary today and submit him a memorandum addressed to the chief minister to take immediate action against the accused in the next 72 hours failing which all OAS officers in the state would wear black badges as a mark of protest”, said Saroj Samal, president of the Association to the media today.

It may be mentioned that the BDO of Banapur, Syed Arif Hussain was assaulted by the sarpanch of Galua Panchayat Suresh Chandra Barik on June 29 this year.

Following the incident, the Association had lodged a complaint with the Banapur police station and apprised the Khordha SP and Director General of Police (DGP). Since there was no action taken by the police, the Association later decided to meet the Home secretary with 72-hour ultimatum to the state government.