Undertrial prisoner looted finance company staff while in Odisha jail!

Soro: At a time when the State government is focusing on providing better governance by implementing ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative, negligence on the part of Soro police has raised questions about the system. An undertrial prisoner was mentioned as an accused in a loot case that occurred when he was lodged in Soro jail.

The undertrial prisoner, Ranjit Naik is a resident of Chintamanipada village under Soro police station. He was arrested by Khaira police in case registered under no – 2/19 and forwarded to Soro court on 19.1.2019. His bail plea was rejected by the Balasore District Court on 25.03.2019. Naik then moved the Orissa High Court on 30.05.2019 which granted him bail. He was released from Soro jail on 02.08.2019.

In the meantime, a finance company staff was looted cash near Bidu Chhak in Soro on 23.05.2019. Police registered a case suo motu at the Soro PS the same day. The investigating officer named Naik as an accused in the case and arrested him on 1.11.2019 and forwarded to a court.

When Naik’s wife went to the Soro police station to lodge a missing complaint on 1.11.2019 at Soro police station, she was asked to go home. Also, the police officials said they will let her know when his husband will be found.

“Now question arises how can Naik’s name be cited as an accused in a loot case at Bidu Chhak that occurred when the undertrial prisoner was lodged in jail. I suspect the finance company staff has usurped the money. Naik should get justice as police have falsely implicated him in the loot case.  He should be compensated after withdrawing the loot case against him. This apart, stringent action must be taken against the investigating officer ,” said Bishikesan Mohapatra, Advocate, Soro Court.

After the media highlighted about the issue the Balasore Police suspended investigation officer of the loot case and Assistant Sub Inspector of Soro PS, Mina Ketan Singh for alleged gross misconduct and careless investigation.

The Additional SP has been given the charge to probe the matter, a top police official said.

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