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Five days on, Odisha Police clueless about ‘Lady Don’


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 13:

Despite moving heaven and earth in the five days since the brutal physical assault on policemen on duty at the Haladi Padia slum in the Odisha capital, commissionerate police is no closer to laying its hands on Saila Ranasingh, the main accused who has come to acquire the acronym ‘Lady Don’ in the last few days, than it was on Monday.

Lady Don Saila Ranasingh, who lords over the Haldipadia slum
Lady Don Saila Ranasingh, who lords over the Haldipadia slum

While rumors are doing the rounds that she might be in Kolkata. Some others say that she might surrender in the city court here. But police still don’t have anything concrete that could lead to her. All the raids to nab her, including the latest one at Cuttack’s CDA, have proved futile so far.

Commissionerate Police have not been able to arrest most of the other accused involved in the attack either. All that they have to show by way of results for their frantic efforts in the last five days is the arrest of juust three out of the 25 accused.

“We are taking the Haladi Padia incident seriously and are trying our best to get them. I assure you, we will arrest Saila within the next 3-4 days and press charges against her under section 110, which will make it difficult for her to get bail,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi.

While local cops continue to issue statements and engage in their failed raids, top bosses at Police headquarters are quite unhappy over the performance of Commissionerate Police in general and Laxmisagar Police in particular.

Also, this defiant act by Haladi Padia slum dwellers and failure of police to tame them are acting as a catalyst for other slum dwellers in the city. Serious impact is being felt in slums under Kharbela Nagar and Nayapalli Police limits, where the cops themselves are afraid of going in to apprehend anti-social elements.