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Odisha cop suspended for giving service gun to mystery girl at R-Day parade

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Bhubaneswar: A policeman was suspended for allegedly handing over his AK-47 gun to a mysterious girl at the State-level Republic Day parade at the iconic Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Odisha capital on Saturday.

Bhagyadhar Nayak, a constable of the 6th Battalion, Cuttack, has been placed under suspension for violating police service code of conduct, a senior official said.

The matter came to light after a video which shows a police constable giving the AK-47 gun to a girl went viral on social media platforms.

According to sources in the Commissionerate Police, the constable, who was deployed for Republic Day celebrations here and incident took place at around 9.30 am at the Mahatma Gandhi Marg.

In the video clip, the constable was seen giving his gun to the girl, whose face was covered with a black stole, and exchanged words before she returned the weapon to the cop. The girl was seen checking the gun for a few seconds.

Soon after video goes viral, the Twin City Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty has ordered a probe and subsequently action was taken against the cop later in the evening.

However, it is yet to be ascertained under which circumstances the police constable had handed over his service weapon to the girl.