The Kendrapara Superintendent of Police on Sunday was accused of exerting pressure on a block unit chief of the Congress to quit the party, sparking off a major controversy.
Leader of opposition in the state assembly and veteran Congress leader, Narasingha Mishra, talking to reporters, here charged “the partisan manner in which Kendrapara SP is discharging his duty, it seems he is the district head of ruling BJD. At his behest, Rajkanika block Congress unit president, Baburam Jena was brought to SP office and was tortured like a criminal. He was arrested on charge of inciting violence in Namtara village during 8 March anti-liquor rally. The SP warned him mend his way and quit the party or face dire consequence in the future”.
Law-enforcing agencies have become a convenient tool for ruling BJD to settle score with political opponents. Khaki-clad men in Kendrapara are acting as BJD agents while Superintendent of police is acting as if he is the party president, alleged Mishra.
However, SP Satish Kumar Gajaviye rebutted the charge. To bring home the point, Mishra said Rajkanika block Congress president Baburam Jena was summoned by SP on 29 May in connection with 8 March Namtara violence during the anti-liquor campaign. Though Jena had obtained anticipatory bail from the High Court, he was arrested and falsely implicated. Rule of law does not prevail in Kendrapara.
I met Jena in jail and he told me, that the SP badly beat him up and warned him to quit Congress or face dire consequence, Mishra alleged. CRPF Director General Prakash Mishra has already unmasked the true face of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the ruling BJD by stating that vigilance case was slapped against him for opposing the money bag politics during last general elections.
The politicization of police machinery in Kendrapara has added another feather to the inglorious cap of law-enforcing agencies. Upright police officers are being meted out raw deal and are being unceremoniously shunted out to make the way for pliable corrupt officers.
Bowing to diktat from ruling BJD strongmen, police have taken to coercive ploy in falsely arresting innocent people owing allegiance to the Congress party. Without any prior provocation, the police had fired at the people indiscriminately on 8 March. At least seven people including two teenage girls and 3 women had sustained bullet injury. However the guilty policemen have been shielded and no legal action is initiated against them, alleged Aul MLA Debendra Sharma.
The sequence of events since the 8 March violence in Namtara insinuates towards the hard facts that policemen are acting as agents of ruling BJD. The local police station has turned into BJD office, he said.