Bargarh: Padampur Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Laxmi Narayan Panda has been transferred, Odisha DGP RP Sharma on Thursday informed. Panda has been transferred two days before the Bijepur by-poll in the district.
Padampur SDPO has been transferred as per the directive of the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the DGP said.
“As of now, Panda has been transferred to the office of IG, Northern Range, Sambalpur and the Police Establishment Board will decide his place of posting,” added the DGP.
Meanwhile, Khirasagar Nayak, SDRPO of Jharsuguda has been posted as the new SDPO of Padampur.
Notably, a delegation of BJP led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had on January 30 submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in New Delhi demanding transfer of several government officials including Panda claiming the officials are working in favour of the BJD in by-poll bound Bijepur.