Fresh case registered against suspended Odisha cop for disobeying law

Bhubaneswar: After Badchana Police Station IIC Deepak Kumar Jena was suspended for barging inside Puri Srimandir with his family members, a fresh case was registered against the errant cop for knowingly disobeying the law despite being a public servant.

Today, the Badchana police registered a case against the suspended cop under Sections-166, 166(A) and 171 of IPC for disobeying the direction of law despite being a public servant. Further investigation is underway in this direction, said SP Charan Singh Meena.

Meanwhile, the Odisha police appointed Priyabrata Rout as  the new IIC of  Badchana police station.

Yesterday, DGP Abhay placed Jena under suspension for violating the COVID-19 lockdown norms by barging inside the temple through the south gate even after being restricted by a Havildar. On the basis of a complaint lodged by the Havildar, a case was registered at Singhadwara police station and Jena along with his family were detained for interrogation.

Later, it was alleged that  the cop had used a stolen vehicle seized by the Badchana police earlier for his visit to Puri yesterday.

“The IIC took the vehicle to Puri after installing a red beacon on it,” alleged the owner of the vehicle Sushant Dalei. He had lodged a complaint with Jajpur SP and Collector the day before alleging that he is yet to get back his vehicle even after one of the theft.

“A few miscreants had looted my vehicle from Chandikhole on March 20, following which I registered a case with Badchana police the next day.  The IIC had promised to hand over the vehicle to me after seizing  it from looters. But I am yet to get it back even though a month has passed since the loot,” Dalei had  alleged in his complaint.

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