Bhubaneswar: Seven former Police Chiefs of Odisha today appreciated the work done by the State Police to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to record their appreciation of the work done by Odisha Police, the seven former DGPs wrote, “The feedback from across the state and from various sections of society is heartwarming. Never before have we seen such outpouring of trust and affection for the police. You should indeed be proud of your police force.”
The signatories to the letter include Sarat Chandra Misra, Amiya Bhushan Tripathy, Nimai Charan Padhi, Bipin Bihari Mishra, Suchit Das, Gopala Chandra Nanda and Manmohan Praharaj.
Praising the CM for his ‘far-sighted’ leadership, ‘skillful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic; and ‘timely decision’ the seven former DGPs have complimented the state police for enforcing the lockdown measures effectively ensuring smooth movement of emergency workers and essential goods without which the pain suffered by people would have multiplied many times over.
“We have even found that police teams have visited construction sites and bastis to map population most vulnerable to hunger and to ensure that no one is left out from the food-safety ring-fence, all these going beyond their normal call of duty. That extra effort and proactiveness is one major reason why Bhubaneswar has not witnessed the heart-wrenching images that have emerged from other parts of the country of thousands of deprived souls revolting against the lockdown measures,” the letter read.
The former Police Chiefs have made a particular mention of the empathy and sensitivity with which the situation is being managed by the police in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack.
They have suggested that the morale of the police force needs to be kept high since future course of events remain unknown and the police force must be well looked.
Besides, writing to the CM, the association of retired Senior IPS Officers also sent separate letters to DGP Abhay and twin city Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi appreciating their leadership and asking them to communicate their appreciation to the force.