Bhubaneswar: Embarrassing the Odisha Police, an Inspector-ranked officer of Puri district on Sunday evening assaulted a news channel reporter in Capital Hospital here.
The cop was identified as Ramakanta Patra, IIC of Talabania Police Station, was apparently in an inebriated condition. He had come to the hospital after he met with an road accident.
According to reports, Patra was being carried on a wheelchair when TV journalist Subhakanta Padhiary reached Capital Hospital. When the cameraman started recording, Patra got up from the wheelchair and targeted the device. Padhiary intervened but was abused.
“When I tried to stop him from attacking the cameraman, he hurled abuses at me, snatched my mobile phone and banged the device against a wall. He also threatened me to shoot me,” Padhiary said, adding that the cop then started raining punches on him.
The whole episode was, meanwhile, captured on the mobile phone and even in the camera. After receiving information about a cop manhandling a scribe, Capital Police Station officers rushed to the hospital to control the damage done by one of their colleagues. Patra also misbehaved with a sub-inspector rank officer and some doctors there.
After the incident, Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi immediately shifted Patra from Talabania to the headquarters.
Padhiary also registered a formal complaint with Capital Police Station in this regard. Inspector of Capital Police Station Manas Garnaik confirmed receiving the complaint and said further action will be taken after investigation.
Patra was accompanied by his wife to the hospital. Puri SP said the inspector was in a depressed state after losing his brother to cancer.