Rajendra Prasad Sharma
Bhubaneswar, Aug. 12: The state government today shifted the twin-city police commissioner Sunil Ray following rapid deterioration in the city’s law and order situation.
Rajendra Prasad Sharma, a 1986-batch IPS officer who is on central deputation, will succeed Ray.
The transfer of 1987-batch IPS officer Ray comes on the day when three motorbike-borne criminals shot dead a 56-year-old builder at IRC Village in the Nayapalli police station area.
Sharma, who replaces Ray, is now posted as IGP of the National Security Guards (NSG) in New Delhi. Ray has been made additional director-general of the Human Rights Protection Cell.
The commissioner designate said: “I am coming back to my state cadre after nine years. My top priority will be maintaining law and order. I will ensure a cordial relationship between law abiding citizens and the police.”
Sharma said steps would simultaneously be taken to deal with petty criminals and gangsters.
The outgoing commissioner said: “Despite a lot of vacancies, the police have performed well and were able to detect all the crimes. Our performance is above the bench mark of state’s overall performance.”
The police have come under criticism for a series of criminal incidents committed in the twin cities in the recent past giving the impression that goons had no respect for the law-enforcing agency.
Frequent incidents snatching of chains and shoot-outs in the city have put a question mark on the policing system in the twin cities.
Today’s killing took place near the IRC Village sub-post office around 10.25am, when realtor Krushna Chandra Nayak, who owns Kalingaputra Real-estate and Developers Pvt Ltd, was returning to his residence at N3 from his office.
Though the police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the attack, past enmity is believed to be the reason behind the murder. Nayak was travelling with one Sabyasachi Jena, 32, who works as a supervisor in a security company, on a motorcycle.
“Nayak rang me and asked me to drop him. On our way to his home, three men wearing helmets suddenly pulled Nayak, who was riding pillion.
While Nayak fell on the ground, I also skidded with my motorcycle. Two men opened fire at him and fled. I called the police control room and rushed him to a private hospital,” said Jena, who lives in a rented accommodation owned by Nayak.
Nayak with three bullet injuries, including those on his right chest and right shoulder, was declared dead at the hospital. His family members alleged that police inaction killed Nayak.
“We have been telling the police about suspicious movement of some persons in and around our residence for more than a week. But, the police took the matter casually,” alleged Nayak’s son, Dhananjay.
Sources said the deceased had criminal antecedents, including murder charges, and he was released from jail on bail last month.
“On July 27, Nayapalli police arrested two contract killers and seized a pistol and three live bullets. The criminals were hired by some rivals of Nayak to eliminate him,” revealed a source.
The family members suspected a land dispute behind the murder.
A police official said Nayak and his two sons were involved in a number of criminal cases, including attempt to murder and extortion.