Bhadrak, September 17 (LocalWire): An issue of illegal parking of motorbikes on the road and abrasive action by the Purunabazar inspector-in-charge (IIC) led to a standoff between local traders and police Monday night.
This led to a minor tension in Bhadrak town and ended with the transfer of IIC Pragyan Mohanty to headquarters.
It is important to note that Mohanty had carried out several raids on illegal and fake gutkha and zarda units in her area and had also earned popularity due to her regular interactions with the citizens through police-public meetings.
According to sources, Mohanty had taken off keys of two motorbikes that were parked on the road at Tini Chhaki, in front of a cloth shop.
She also removed some clothes that were hanging in front of the shop. The motorbikes belonged to the owner of the shop.
The action irked the shopkeeper and it led to an altercation between the two. Hearing the heated arguments, other traders joined in soon to support the shopkeeper and protest against the police action, leading to escalation of the matter.
In the melee, some miscreants damaged the police vehicle and the cops had to use mild force to disperse the mob.
On receiving the information, Eastern Range inspector general of police Diptesh Pattnaik, who was on a visit to Bhadrak, had to rush to the spot.
After hearing grievances of the traders, Pattnaik pacified the agitators by informing them that IIC Mohanty would be transferred to headquarter.
“It was a minor issue of parking on the road which escalated. However, the locals have been pacified with the intervention of IG Pattnaik. IIC Mohanty is being transferred to headquarters,” additional superintendent of police K C Parida said.