Bhubaneswar, Aug. 15 -- Balasore: Odisha DGP Abhay on Saturday suspended Dhaneswar Sahu, the Inspector-In-Charge of Jaleswar Police Station on the charges of gross misconduct.

The move comes a day after an audio clip purportedly of the concerned police official allegedly threatening brother of a drugs peddler for money went viral on social media. A report in this connection was also telecast by OTV.

It is alleged that Sahu threatened one Sk Asruddin, who happens to be the brother of Sk Jamuruddin, a drug mafia, and demanded money for the release of a seized vehicle.

Jaleswar Police Station IIC, brother of the drugs mafia and the concerned lawyer had earlier refuted such allegations by saying that that audio doesn't belong to them.