Chief Minister Orders Suspension of Two Police Officers Over 2009 Tirtol ‘Acid Attack’ Case

**Bhubaneswar: ** Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday suspended two police officers who were involved in the investigation of an acid attack case in Tirtol of Jagatsinghpur district in 2009.

Naveen took serious note of gross negligence in investigation of the case, in which a minor girl lost her eyesight and sustained grievous burns. The victim Pramodini Roul was 16-year-old when she encountered the ghastly attack.

The two police officers are, RK Jena and Shankarshan Dalei. Jena, currently posted as SDPO, Nabarangpur, was the DSP of Jagatsinghpur district when the incident took place. Dalei, now serving at Balasore district, was the IIC of Tirtol police station in 2009.
Naveen has directed Police DG, Dr RP Sharma to execute the disciplinary actions against the officers immediately.

“Though a case was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by the victim, police adopted a lackadaisical approach, did not take any steps to arrest the accused and closed the case,” a statement from the CMO read.

The Chief Minister has sought a report on the progress in investigation of cases of crime against women and children, pending in all police stations across the State within 15 days.

Few days back, Roul had met the Chief Minister and apprised him of her plight. Naveen has expressed serious concern over the matter and issued orders to reopen the case.

On November 26 (Sunday), Jagatsinghpur police arrested the prime accused Santosh Bedanta, an Indian Army Jawan from Kolkata and his associate Biswajit Dalsinghray from Nayagarh.