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Rashmi Ranjan

The Commissionerate Police on Sunday dismissed constable and president of Odisha Constable and Havildar Association Prasanna Behera from service, informed Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash.

Speaking to the media, Dash said, “Behera has eight departmental proceedings and five criminal cases against him at various stages.”

The Commissonerate Police on Saturday had arrested Behera along with the owner of South City Hotel, Pradyumna Jena, its manager Sourabh Jain after the bar came under police scanner during investigation into the murder case of Manish Anurag Das, the son of a senior journalist in the State Capital city. The bar which was co-managed by Behera was operating without license and flouting COVID-19 guidelines.  

Manish, the son of senior journalist Navin Das, had visited the bar located in Patrapada area of the city along with his friends on October 9. The following day his body was found floating in a nearby pond.

Later during the course of investigation, the police had arrested three accused — Amrit Biswal, Dinesh Mohapatra and Mrutyunjay Mishra on charges of killing Manish and destroying evidence.    

The investigation revealed that there was a quarrel over payment of bill between Manish and the three accused in the hotel. 

The Police on Friday shunted the Inspector-In-Charge of Tamando Police station, Pramod Pattanayak, on charges of dereliction of duty for letting the illegal dance bar remain operational in his jurisdictional area since September. 

Axe also fell on constable Prasanna Behera, President as he was placed under suspension on the basis of a probe by the Additional SP.

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