OCA demands commission of inquiry to probe Chappell episode

Last Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 14:47

Bhubaneswar, Jan 26: In a fresh twist to the Greg Chappell manhandling episode at the airport in Orissa, the Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) has demanded the setting up of a commission of inquiry to probe the entire incident.

OCA President Ranjib Biswal and Secretary Asirbad Behera have written to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik requesting that
a commission of inquiry be set up.

They said though a little-known organisation named
Kalinga Sena was said to be involved in the episode, there
were elements behind the scene and the whole incident was
part of a conspiracy aimed at tarnishing the image of Orissa
and depriving the state of one-day international matches in
future.

Biswal and Behera also thanked the chief minister for
ordering an inquiry into the incident immediately.

It was also gratifying that the state police chief had
taken moral responsibility for the incident while the home
secretary had said that action would be taken against the
guilty, they added.

A man, identified as Biranchi Maharana, had broken the
security cordon and manhandled the Indian cricket coach before
he was overpowered by policemen.

The dig of police, Bhubaneswar, Yogesh Khurania, and
Police Superintendent, Amitav Thakur, had been asked to
explain the lapse within a week after a preliminary inquiry
made by the Director General of Police Amarananda Patnayak.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 00:00
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