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Women disgraced at rally: CM expresses regret, orders probe

Bhubaneswar, Dec 5: After being criticised by several quarters over the alleged incidence of women being asked by police to remove their black stoles, scarf and shawls before their entry to the Chief Minister’s meeting venue in Sundargarh on Sunday, CM Naveen Patnaik on Monday asked Director General of Police (DGP) for an inquiry.

Patnaik on Monday evening summoned Home Secretary Asit Tripathy and DGP KB Singh and expressed displeasure and asked them to ensure that the dignity of women is respected.

“The CM expressed his displeasure over the incident. He directed the DGP for a probe and asked police to be vigilant sol that such incidence does not happen in future,” said Tripathy.
DGP KB Singh said a probe would be conducted and a report would be submitted to the Chief Minister at the earliest.

“The CM has asked to ensure that such incidence does not recur. A probe report would be submitted at soon as possible,” said Singh.

On the other hand, the State Assembly could not conduct any normal business, except laying of a CAG report, on Monday as Opposition Congress and BJP members demanded an apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging that women were disrespected at a meeting addressed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Sundargarh on Sunday. 

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