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Personally Shocked At Security Personnel Removing Black ‘Odhani’ Of Girls: Odisha CM

**Bhubaneswar:** Giving vent to his concern in the House on Wednesday amid the stiff protests by the Opposition and adjournments since Monday demanding apology, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed the Assembly that he was personally shocked at the incident of police personnel removing black drapers of women who had come to participate in his official rally in Sundargarh district on Sunday last.

Putting forth his statement as sought by the irate members of both Congress and BJP, the Chief Minister said, “I strongly share the concern of this august House on the issue of security personnel removing black ‘Odhani’ of girls in a Government programme in Sundergarh district on 4th of this month.”

“When I came to know, I was personally shocked,” the CM rued.

He further said, “I had called Home Secretary and Director General of Police and warned against such conduct which denigrates human dignity and warned against repetition.”

Informing further to the House, he said, “DGP has been asked to conduct an enquiry in this matter and take appropriate action on the defaulting security personnel. Inspector General of Police, Western Range, Rourkela is already enquiring into this incident.”

The CM explained, “My Government is sensitive and fully committed for empowerment and preserving the dignity of women. I am also against causing inconvenience to people while enforcing security protocol and had earlier directed police several times in this regard.”

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