Mrunal Manmay Dash

Ex-member of Lok Sabha from Odisha and retired IPS officer Anadi Charan Sahu passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 84.

He breathed his last at his residence in Cuttack’s CDA, Sector-6.

He was a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and had won the 6th Lok Sabha from Berhampur constituency in 1999.

As an IPS officer, Sahu had received President’s Police Medal and Distinguished Service Medal. He resigned in 1996.

After resigning from police service, Sahu contested from Cuttack Lok Sabha constituency as a Congress candidate against former Chief Minister late Biju Patnaik. He lost the poll by 57,807 votes.

Later on, he joined the BJP to become the Berhampur MP.

His daughter Shradhha Padhi said, “He had heart problems, so we had implanted a pacemaker in his body. But he had expressed his apprehensions about the efficacy of the pacemaker given his old age. He was bedridden after his return from hospital. He was on liquid diet. His health deteriorated in the last two days and he breathed his last at 5 am this morning.”

IPS officer Satyajit Mohanty said, “I had worked under him. He was not only a good police officer, but also an advocator of proper rehabilitation of criminals following their stay in jail. He was a good writer and politician too.”

His funeral will be held at Satichoura crematorium in Cuttack.

In other news, former MLA from Balasore’s Jaleswar, Jayanarayan Mohanty passed away at AIIMS in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. He was 74.

A two-time Congress MLA, Mohanty was suffering from old-age-related ailments for a long time.