Odisha cop transferred for attacking journalist at hospital

Bhubaneswar: Ramakant Patra, Inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of Talabania police station in Odisha’s Puri, has been transferred to the district police headquarters by Puri SP after he attacked a journalist at Capital Hospital here last night.

Inspector Gayatri Mishra has been appointed as the new IIC of Talabania police station, sources said.

On the other hand, State Crime Branch ADG will probe into the matter, informed Home Secretary Asit Tripathy.

According to reports, Patra sustained injuries after causing a mishap near Daya river on the outskirts of the city. He was taken to Capital Hospital for treatment and a TV reporter, identified as Subhrakant Padhiary, went there to cover the news.

When the cameraman who accompanied the reporter started recording, the police officer, being irked over this, started shouting and punching the media men.

The entire incident was captured in a video which in no time hit the headlines drawing flak from various quarters. The video shows the unruly cop kicking and punching the reporter with shouting at him using slangs.

A complaint has been registered at Capital police station in this regard by the journalist.

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