Naveen reprimands DGP Marik for touching Daita feet

Bhubaneswar: Under attack from all quarters over Nabakalebar fiasco, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today reportedly vented his ire on director-general of police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik and reprimanded him for touching the feet of Daitapatis (Srimandir high priests) in public.

During an hour-long meeting at Secretariat, Patnaik asked the top cop to respect the power and position he holds as a senior police officer and advised him to be careful in future so that such things do not recur, sources said.

The chief minister’s warning came nearly two months after the incident wherein Marik was seen touching the feet of two senior Daitapatis during his visit to the location of Lord Sudarshan’s daru (holy wood) at Gadakhuntunia village near Balakati on the outskirt of the city.

TV grabs too showed Marik, as a mark of respect, touched the feet of the servitors while he was in uniform. He didn’t even remove his cap while taking the blessing of the priests.

The sources also said that the CM asked Marik to ensure a peaceful Nabakalebar and warned that no irregularities during Rath Yatra will be tolerated.