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Puri Talabania IIC booked for thrashing scribe, shifted to hq office

Bhubaneswar: Superintendent of Police, Puri Sarthak Sarangi has shifted Talabania police station IIC Ramakant Patra to the district headquarters while taking a disciplinary action against him for misbehaving and beating up a TV channel reporter at the Capital Hospital here on Sunday.

According to a complaint lodged at the Capital police station, Patra abused and thrashed news reporter Subhakant Padhiary while he had gone to collect news to the Capital Hospital regarding his accident. Even Patra snatched away camera from him and banged it. He even threatened to kill him.

After the incident occurred, journalists and cameramen of other TV channels protested the IIC's misbehaviour. As a result, tension gripped the area. ACP Manas Gadanayak and ACP Manas Panda reached the spot, and, on their assurance, the mediapersons withdrew the protest. The Capital police have registered a case and started investigation.

According to reports, Patra was found lying in an unconscious state on the Daya river bridge on Sunday. Later it was known that he met with an accident while coming on a motorcycle from Puri to Bhubaneswar. His bike was dashed against the road-divider and he fell unconscious. The Dhauli police station PCR Van brought him to the Capital Station for treatment. Informed, news reporters rushed to the hospital and inquired about the accident from the IIC while he was being carried on the stretcher. Irate at this, he thrashed and kicked Padhiary. Even, he snatched away his mobile and banged it against the wall. Then, all reporters sat on a dhana there.

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