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Sarpanch held for assaulting BDO in Odisha

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Khordha, Jul 21:

A special team of the Khordha police late on Monday night has been successful in arresting the suspended sarpanch of Galua panchayat from the western Odisha town of Balangir, informed Khordha SP Dillip Kumar Das here today.

ArrestSuspended sarpanch Suresh Chandra Barik was in hiding at a relative’s house in Balangir and acting on a tip off the special team arrested him,Khordha SP Dillip Kumar Das said.

Police sources said Barik is being brought to Khordha by the special police team. He would be taken to Banpur and produced before the court in Banpur since the complaint was lodged at Banpur police station.

Galua panchayat sarpanch Suresh Chandra Barik had allegedly assaulted Banpur BDO, Syed Arif Hussain on June 29.

Hussain on receiving complaint that the panchayat office at Galua under Banapur block was locked had visited the panchayat office and ordered Barik to open the office. Barik allegedly assaulted Hussain on this account.

Hussain had lodged a written complaint in this regard at the Banpur police station but Barik was not arrested by the police for pretty long time after the incident.

Alleging police inaction the Odisha Administrative Service Officers Association (OASOA) had apprised the Khordha SP and Director General of Police (DGP).

A delegation of the OASOA met chief secretary GC Pati on July 6 and submitted a memorandum addressed to the chief minister demanding immediate arrest of the sarpanch warning that all members of the Association would wear black badge in the state if the government failed to take action against the accused in the next 72 hours.

Later on the same day, on the directions of the chief secretary, the Panchayati Raj department issued an order suspending Galua panchayat sarpanch Suresh Chandra Barik.

The Panchayati Raj department on July 6 served a show-cause notice to Barik to reply in 15 days.

Since Barik was a BJP supported sarpanch, the BJP had alleged that the allegations leveled by the BDO were baseless and false.

OASOA in Khordha district had gone for a day’s ceasework demanding arrest of the accused sarpanch.

The police which was under tremendous pressure had formed three special teams to nab the suspended sarpanch.