Senior BJP leader from Odisha and former IPS Ashok Sahu passed away on Thursday morning after a week long illness. Sahu, 68, passed away at his home in Cuttack’s Pithapur at 5:30am following a paralytic attack, family sources said.
Sahu, who was a Assam Meghalaya cadre IPS, had taken voluntary retirement from his job at the rank of Additional Director General (ADG) of Assam police in his mid 40s to join the public life. He returned back to his home state in Odisha and joined as the state unit president of Hindu Jagaran Samukshya, a RSS organization.
In the run up to 2009 general elections, Sahu joined the BJP and contested the Lok Sabha election from Kandhamal. Following the assassination of Swami Lakshamanananda Saraswati, Sahu was vocal for exposing the conspirators and killers of the revered Hindu monk. As a torch bearer of Hindu causes, Sahu had fought vociferously against religious conversions. He was also a part of the Forum for Integrated National Security, a think tank associated with RSS.
Sahu had served as the vice president and chief spokesperson of Odisha unit of BJP. He had contested 2014 elections from Puri Lok Sabha constituency.
Sahu’s son in law Sandeep Mahapatra, RSS leader and former JNUSU president, tweeted:
My father in law Sh Ashok Sahu who took voluntary retirement from IPS to become a torch bearer of Hindu causes in Odisha,an ardent swayamsevak of @RSSorg,senior leader of the BJP passed away today. pic.twitter.com/G9td4hyYoF
— Sandeep Mahapatra (@sdeepmahapatra) September 17, 2020
Towards, fague end of his public life Sahu was involved with cow protection movement. He was also preparing aspirants for civil service exams.