DSP-rank officer to probe police Sub-Inspector Swagatika Behera death case

Phulbani: A DSP-rank officer will probe all aspects regarding the death of G Udayagiri police Sub-Inspector (SI) Swagatika Behera, said Kandhamal SP Vinit Agarwal today.

“G Udayagiri police Inspector In-Charge (IIC) Rebati Sabar will be shifted to district police headquarters following allegations against her in connection with the death of woman SI Swagatika Behera. A DSP-rank officer will probe the death case. We will take appropriate action after completion of the probe,” added the SP.

Swagatika was found hanging at her official residence at G Udayagiri police station yesterday (Saturday) morning. The woman Sub-Inspector was staying alone in her official residence.

Swagatika’s family members claimed that IIC Rebati Sabar had been harassing the woman Sub-Inspector for last several days.

“The IIC had been harassing and torturing Swagatika mentally for last many days. Swagatika had informed this to me several times,” alleged the deceased Sub-Inspector’s elder brother Monoranjan.

The family members of Swagatika also sought a Crime Branch probe into the incident. They staged a dharna in front of G Udayagiri police station seeking immediate arrest of the IIC and her dismissal from service.

Swagatika’s mother and brother also lodged an FIR against the IIC by holding her responsible for the woman Sub-Inspector’s death.

Swagatika, who hailed from Nirakarpur in Khurda district, had been posted at G Udayagiri police station around one-and-a-half years ago.

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