Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha DGP John Nayak succumbed to COVID-19 last night, informed Odisha DGP Abhay on Friday.
The 1965 batch Odisha-cadre retired IPS officer was undergoing treatment at a COVID hospital after being infected with the deadly virus.
Paying tribute to the former DGP, Abhay tweeted that Nayak’s journey from a remote tribal village of Phulbani to the rank of DG was inspirational.
He further tweeted that his predecessor was humble, accessible and compassionate.
John Nayak, born in 1942, hails from Kandhamal district.
He graduated with honours from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and obtained MA and LL.B from Utkal University.
He was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1995 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2002.