Odisha DGP Suspends Laxmipur IIC For ‘Suspicious’ Handling Of Ganja Smuggling Case

**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha DG Police Dr RP Sharma has suspended Jagannath Acharya, the Inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of Laxmipur police station in Koraput district on grounds of ‘suspicious and lackadaisical attitude’ in investigating a ganja smuggling cases.

According to the order issued by the State Police Headquarters, Acharya demonstrated lackadaisical and suspicious behaviour in dealing with an important narcotics (NDPS) case which was registered in Laxmipur police station on July 12.

During the period of suspension, Acharya will remain under the disciplinary control of South Western Range DIG. Dr Sharma has also instructed SP Koraput to immediately submit the necessary draft charge, memo of evidence along with relevant documents against the IIC for drawl of disciplinary proceeding against him.

According to reports, on the intervening night of July 11 and 12, Laxmipur police detained a truck which was suspected to be carrying ganja. However, due to “suspected and deliberate negligence” of the IIC, the driver could manage.

Besides, the IIC did not report the matter to SDPO or SP Koraput. After enquiry SP Koraput had submitted a report to DGP through DIG, SWR. “As prima facie evidence was established and a departmental proceeding is being contemplated, Acharya was placed under suspension,” a statement issued by the police headquarter noted.