After Chief Minister naveen Patnaik visited communal frenzy affected areas, the State Government today transferred the Superintendent of Police and Additional District Magistrate of Bhadrak apparently due to their inept handling of the violence in Bhadrak town recently.
Bhadrak SP Dillip Das was replaced by Jajpur SP Anup Sahoo while ADM Prabht Bhoi was replaced by Talcher Sub-Collector Shyambhakt Mishra, said sources.
Mr.Das has been attached to State Police Headquarters, the sources added.
Notably, Bhadrak District Administration was criticized for inept handling of the situation in the wake of violent incidents in the town while MP Arjun Sethi blamed the administration squarely for allowing a bike procession in the town when prohibitory order under Section 144 was in force in Town.
Mr.Sethi had written a letter of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressing apprehension that some supporters of local MLA might have been involved in the violence.
Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik today assured the victims of violence here that their loss will be compensated by the government and promised stringent punishment to those responsible for triggering riot in the town.
Mr.Patnaik, visited the riot-hit town after returning here from the New Delhi visit and reviewed the situation with the local elected representatives and administrative officials at the Collector’s office here.
“Wherever damage has been done, full compensation will be paid to the affected people and those inciting violence will be punished. I will announce an assistance package for the people who have lost their livelihood. New vending zones will be constructed for rehabilitation of street vendors”, Mr.Patnaik told Media Men after touring some of the affected areas of the town.
Mr.Patnaik also asked the officials to assess the damage sought a report within three days.
“Details of damage assessment should be submitted in next three days so that financial assistance can be sanctioned for livelihood restoration” he said.
Appealing to the people for maintaining peace, he promised stringent action against the law breakers.
“My honest appeal to the people will be to maintain peace and communal harmony. All accused persons responsible for the violent incident will be punished as per law. Further, our government will take strong steps to counter the divisive forces creating discord and violence in the name of religion”, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister interacted with people directly in the sensitive Apartibindha, Chandan Bazar and Old town areas.
He drove to town immediately after landing from the helicopter and mixed with the people freely to hear their grievances.
The locals and shopkeepers shared their experience with Mr.Patnaik as he walked some distance to meet them.
Principal Secretary Home Asit Tripathy and other Senior Gvernment officials along with Peoples’ Representatives also accompanied him.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch of Police Team probing the cyber crime aspect has detained five persons for their alleged involvement in fanning trouble in the town and circulating objectionable posts in social media.
All the five accused belong to Bhadrak and are being interrogated, said Special DGP Crime BK Sharma said today.
Activists of the Bajrang Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had on April 6 staged a demonstration in front of the Bhadrak Town police station protesting offensive remarks on Lord Ram in social media. Hundreds of activists had staged road blockade by burning tyres.
The District Administration relaxed curfew restrictions till 4pm which passed off peacefully.
Educational institutions, Banks and markets functioned normally during the curfew relaxation period.
However, District Administration has decided to continue the restrictions for some more time as a precautionary measure.
Curfew was re-imposed at 4pm till 7am of 13 April morning during which security personnel patrolled the sensitive areas.