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The DGP said the DIG left Sunabeda at 1000 hours with the two PSOs for Padampur to address a press conference on the arrest and surrender of naxalites. Quoting the version of the PSOs, he said they encountered people collecting donations at three places by obstructing the road. At Badakutinga also they found the people blocking the road and collecting the donation.

The two PSOs, he said, chased the people to clear the traffic and PSO S N Sharnaghi loaded his 9 mm gun to scare them away.

Meanwhile, the DIG who had gone to talk to the people returned to the vehicle when one bullet from S N Sharnaghi's gun hit him on his head killing him on the spot.

The DGP said the two PSOs then decided to make the incident a naxalite attack,took the vehicle to a few kms away from the spot and one of them A K Sharnghi fired from his AK47 at the vehicle to justify their theory.

They then took the DIG to the Rayagada police station and narrated the incident. The DIG was immediately rushed to the Rayagada Hospital where the doctors declared him ''brought dead'' The DGP said later the PSO confessed that it was an accident but the matter would be investigated by the Crime Branch. The police he said had seized the mobile phone used by the PSOs and also that of the DIG.

A guard of honour was presented by the Rayagada police and the police personnel paid their last tributes before the body of the DIG was taken to Vizag from where it was flown to Delhi and finally to his native village Badal in Punjab for the last rites.


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