Sundergarh incident: ‘Personally shocked’ CM initiates enquiry


Bhubaneswar: The Sundergarh incident, when police forced women to leave their black stoles outside during a CM programme, has personally shocked him, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a statement after Opposition demanded his reply on the incident. Opposition had stalled proceedings of the Assembly on Wednesday demanding the CM’s reply on the much criticised incident.

“I strongly share the concern of the august House on the issue of security personnel removing black ‘odhani’ of girls in a government programme in Sundergarh district on December 4. When I came to know of this incident I was personally shocked,” said the CM.

Patnaik said he called the Home Secretary and DGP and warned them against such conduct as well as repetition of the incident since it is against human dignity. “The DGP has been asked to conduct an enquiry and take appropriate action on the defaulting security personnel. IG, Western Range, Rourkela has already initiated enquiry into the incident,” he said.

Earlier, Opposition members had raised the heat on the issue and demanded an explanation of the CM. Congress leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati first raised the issue and BJP MLAs also joined in. BJP MLA Radharani Panda said she was not allowed to deliberate on the issue and along with Rabi Narayan Nayak, Pradeep Purohit and Gobind Das created uproar in well of house forcing speaker Niranjan Pujari to adjourn the house several times.

Soon, CM Patnaik read out his statement to the Assembly saying his government is sensitive and committed to the empowerment and dignity of women and that he is personally against causing inconvenience to people while enforcing security protocol which he has directed to police several times earlier.

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