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Cop ignores family ties

Ranchi, Feb. 12: A senior IPS officer and the husband of Congress minister Geetashree Oraon is planning to join the BJP, moving away from his family’s line of politics.

Inspector general of police (IG) Arun Oraon put in his resignation letter on February 7, seeking volunteer retirement, to join politics. He has requested the Punjab government to relieve him by March 10.

Originally from Jharkhand, this 1992-batch Punjab cadre IPS officer is now eyeing his home turf Lohardaga constituency to prove his mettle in the electoral field.

Sources claimed that he had already held several rounds of talks with senior BJP leaders both in the state and the Centre.

Interestingly, Arun’s entire family — his father and former MLA Bandi Oraon, father-in-law and former Union minister in then Indira Gandhi cabinet late Kartik Oraon, mother-in-law and former MP Sumati Oraon, apart from wife HRD minister Geetashree — has long associations with the Congress.

But Arun ideologically supports the BJP. “My entire family has been associated with the Congress, but I like the BJP’s principles. And I think I would be able to fit into the frame of things easily. It is my independent decision,” the senior IPS officer told The Telegraph.

Arun, who did his MBBS from Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, joined the IPS as a Punjab cadre officer in 1992.

Considered a tough cop, Arun served in Jharkhand on deputation for years. He worked as the superintendent of police in Latehar and East Singhbhum (Jamshepdur) between 2001 and 2004, and then as deputy inspector general and inspector general of police in Santhal Pargana between 2010 and 2013.

Though officially he is still an IPS officer, Arun has already started meeting people of Lohardaga, which is divided into five Assembly segments — Lohardaga, Gumla, Sisai, Bishunpur and Mandar. Arun’s ancestral home is in Sisai, while the family now lives at Bagicha Toli on the outskirts of the state capital.

Today, he also held a meeting with the people of Lohardaga parliamentary seat who apparently “want him to contest”.

Currently, BJP’s Sudarshan Bhagat holds the Lohardaga seat, which is reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST). He defeated Rameshwar Oraon, also a former cop, of the Congress in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Sources said Arun was eyeing the seat considering the fact that his family — a non-Christian Oraon tribal — enjoyed a considerably control on the community in the region.

Moreover, Arun is regarded as a humble and easily accessible gentleman in areas wherever he worked.

“There were no black spot in his career. During his tenure, he was humble and accessible,” said R. Dasgupta, a native of Jamshedpur who now works with a private firm in Pune.

State BJP president Ravindra Rai refused to comment on the issue at the moment, saying Arun was yet to join the party officially.