Saumendra Priyadarshi takes charge as Commissioner of Police of twin cities


Bhubaneswar, March 9: Additional Director General (ADG) Saumendra Priyadarshi on Tuesday assumed office as the Commissioner of Police of the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police and pledged to improve basic policing, law and order situation in the twin cities.

“My primary focus will be to maintain law and order situation and crime control in the twin cities – Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. I will take this opportunity to seek cooperation of citizens to improve basic policing, law and order situation,” said 1995-batch IPS officer Priyadarshi told media persons after taking over as the CP Bhubaneswar & Cuttack.

He also said that he will try his best to fulfil the unfinished and incomplete ideas of his immediate predecessor Sudhansu Sarangi.

“I will try to fulfil the unfinished and incomplete ideas of Sudhansu Sarangi Sir,” said Priyadarshi.

The State Government on Monday appointed Crime Branch ADG Saumendra Priyadarshi as the new Commissioner of Police of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack replacing Sudhanshu Sarangi who has been given a new posting as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPH&WC).

The timing of 1990-batch IPS officer Sarangi’s transfer raised eyebrows from several quarters as he was recently credited for arresting Bibekananda Biswal alias Biban Biswal, the prime accused of the sensational 1999 Baranga gang-rape case, from Lonavala in Maharashtra on February 22 this year, though the case was being probed by the CBI.

However, according to reports, Sarangi was also under fire over a spurt in incidents of snatchings in the capital city of Bhubaneswar.

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