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Miffed Twin City cops preparing for showdown with Odisha DGP

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 9:

Odisha Police DG Sanjeev Marik and the commissionerate police officers have come to a confrontation following the former’s notice to Capital Police Station Inspector Manas Gadnayak for the second time in less than a week.

DGP Sanjeev Marik
DGP Sanjeev Marik

Speaking to OST, one of the officers hinted that commissionerate police officers are mulling staying away from duty during Nabakalebara of Lord Jagannath in retaliation if they continue to be treated as dirt.

The Police Officer’s Association also has taken strong objection to the notice and held a closed-door meeting to discuss the situation yesterday. Another emergency meeting has been convened on June 14 where the members would deliberate on the issue of step-motherly treatment to commissionerate police officers.

The confrontation erupted after DG Marik sent a notice to Gadnayak directly, bypassing commissionerate police commissioner, for not registering a kidnap complaint. Earlier, Marik had served a notice in a bike theft case, on which Gadnayak is yet to submit his reply. He has been asked him to be present at the police headquarters personally and present his side.

“A written notice from the DG should come through the commissioner of police. However, the DG has directly sent a notice to Gadnayak,” rued one of the commissionerate police officers.

Presenting his side while speaking to us, the inspector in question gave a bizarre answer – lack of time – as the reason for his inability to register the complaint.

“We had a person complaining about a kidnapped girl on the day on which former Chief Minister Janaki Ballabh Patnaik expired. I was deployed there. Later in the day, I was doing my duty at Lower PMG and at the Sudarshan Daru. I was busy all day and there was no way I  could have registered the complaint,” said Inspector Gadnayak.

While the bad blood between DG Sanjeev Marik and Police Commissioner Rajendra Sharma is well-known and has been widely reported, the avoidable confrontation, coming as it does at a time when Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are witnessing a worsening of the law and order situation, is doing no good to the image of the cops.