‘Mo Sarkar’ In Odisha Police? 53% Cops Open Up On ‘Political Meddling’ During Investigation!

Bhubaneswar:  No sooner than ‘Mo Sarkar’ in Odisha Police was launched by CM Naveen Patnaik, the state police have come up with a shocker accepting facing political pressure during crime investigation.

A massive 53 per cent police personnel in Odisha felt the nightmare of political pressure in crime investigation. While 14 per cent had felt the poking of political nose many times in crime investigation, another 39 per cent talk of political meddling some times during investigation.

Not only political string-pulling, autonomy in Odisha police looks to be an apparent casualty as 89 per cent policemen here felt that they can do only those tasks that are asked by the seniors, which is second highest in the country after Telengana.

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Despite the 2013 landmark SC Judgment in Lalita Kumari vs UP government, a high of 52 per cent State cops felt the need of a PE (Preliminary Enquiry) before filing of FIR, even in cases of serious nature.

Apex court had called for immediate FIR registration and action under IPC to not let the accused getting a long handle to destroy the evidences.

Such explosive home-truths about the inside story of police functioning in Odisha have come to the fore in the latest report ‘Status of Policing In India – 2019’ released Thursday.  The report was published by an NGO Common Cause-Lokniti- CSDS.

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