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16 August 2017

Tapan Das


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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission on Wednesday began its probe in the Baripada Homeguard kneel down punishment case.

The Homeguard IG, District SP, Anirudh Singh and the accused RI gave their report in person to the Commission.

Dr. Santosh Bala. Inspector General of Police, Fire Service, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Odisha and Mayurbhanj District SP, Anirudh Singh have admitted in separate reports to the OHRC that Reserve Inspector Ashok Kumar Sethi has ‘erred’ in his action and judgement by making his four subordinates, which also included a woman kneel down as punishment for reporting late for duty in inappropriate attire on 25th June, 2017.

Santosh Bala in particular mentioned in her report to the OHRC that RI A.K. Sethi has already been reprimanded for ‘his unwarranted and obstinate behaviour’ and further action against him is also on the cards as the matter is still under investigation.

After listening to all the reports, the OHRC has asked R.I. Sethi to explain his actions within three weeks.

The Homeguard Association has also been assured by the OHRC that the four affected homeguards will be given a chance to give their version of the incident. The next hearing on this issue will be on September 15.

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Reserve Inspector Ashok Kumar Sethi

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Dr. Santosh Bala. Inspector General of Police, Fire Service, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Odisha