Bhubaneswar: Odisha Police Association (OPA) on Friday has threatened to step up its protest for revocation of the dismissal order of former Pipili police inspector Amulya Kumar Champattiray in relation to the Pipili Gangrape Case.

It is noteworthy to mention that, Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj had suspended Amulya Kumar Champattiray, on charges of negligence of duty, basing on the report of the Superintendent of Police, Puri on January 14. Though the victim’s family had lodged an FIR on the incident on November 18, 2011, the Pipili police did not register the FIR.

Raising its strong objection to the Government’s decision, the association, on Wednesday said that it was not proper to dismiss Champattirai from service when investigations into the incident were still on by two agencies — a judicial panel and the Crime Branch.

Meanwhile the Odisha Police Havildar, Constable and Sepoy Confederation, the largest police body in the State, on Friday has also decided to throw its weight behind the OPA.

It announced that if the need arises, the Confederation would boycott duty during the panchayat elections scheduled next month if the government did not withdraw the dismissal order served to the police official by February 5.