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Orissa Police Association to boycott VIP duties

Cuttack: Seeking stern action against the ruling BJD MP from Cuttack Bhartuhari Mahtab for allegedly assaulting a policeman, the Orissa Police Association on Tuesday announced its decision to boycott all VIP security duties from Tuesday night.

The OPA has informed its decision to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) A N Sinha this evening. "We would however, continue the normal law and order duties and other assignments like crime control", said OPA secretary Sunil Mohanty.

Mohanty said that the Republic Day celebrations here tomorrow to be attended by the chief minister Naveen Patnaik would not hampered by the boycott of VIP duties as the the chief minister has his own security arrangements.

Meanwhile, the city police claimed that they have made substantial progress in the case against the MP as evidence have been collected in the matter and the examination of eyewitnesses are over.

Sub-inspector Amitabh Mohapatra had filed a complaint against the local MP for assaulting him during duty recently at Netaji Museum in Cuttack and the police had registered a criminal case against the Mahtab, an editor turned politician. The MP had denied the charge filed by Mohapatra.

According to sources, Mahtab is now in Japan on an official assignment.

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