Questions raised after dreaded Maoist escapes from Odisha court

Bhubaneswar/Nuapada: A day after dreaded Maoist Manoj Madkami escaped from the premises of a court in Nuapada district, questions are being raised over violation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Madkami, who is a hardcore Maoist, was seen escorted by a few police personnel instead of tight security arrangements.

Now questions are being raised as to why police adopted such a lackadaisical approach? Why was the SOP not followed while producing him before the court? Why did only two policemen escort the Maoist out of the court? Why was the Maoist not handcuffed?

Meanwhile, seven police personnel including two sub-inspectors have been suspended for negligence. However, it is alleged that the policemen were made scapegoats to save senior officers.

Bunty Agrawal, who was also produced in the court in connection with a tender fraud case on that day, also alleged lack of proper security arrangements.

Rabindra Kumbhar, secretary of Khariar Lawyers’ Association, questioned as to why a Maoist like Madkami was not handcuffed while he was being produced before the court.

“For a hardcore Maoist, there should be paramilitary personnel, but Madkami was brought to the court by a few police constables only,” said Kumbhar.

Former police DG, Bipin Bihari Mishra said, “It’s a serious issue and a case can also be registered against the concerned police personnel in connection with the incident.”

Madkami caught by SOG jawans after an exchange of fire in a forest in Nuapada district on May 29 this year. He has four murder cases pending against him in Bargarh and Nuapada districts along with 20 other serious cases.