Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday ordered the dismissal of the inspector of the police station who had refused to lodge an FIR in the Pipili Dalit girl gangrape case. The three-tier panchayat polls are scheduled next month and the move is being seen as an effort to ensure that the government does not suffer a dent in its image.
Orissa DGP Manmohan Praharaj said he had ordered dismissal of suspended Inspector Amulya Chmpatiray. Earlier in the day,he shifted SP Amitendra Nath Sinha out of Puri and brought in Koraput SP Anup Kumar Sahoo in his place.
Sinha had come under fire over the lackadaisical manner in which he dealt with the gangrape case that now threatens to sully the Naveen governments women-friendly image.