Odisha: Two custodial deaths in a day, opposition creates ruckus in assembly, DGP orders inquiry

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    Odisha: Two custodial deaths in a day, opposition develops racket in assembly, DGP orders inquiry

    Written by Aishwarya Mohanty
    | Bhubaneshwar |

    November 21, 2020 8: 21: 16 am





    DGP Abhay made sure that both the cases will be examined and all the standards of the NHRC will be strictly adhered to. (Twitter/@odisha_police)

    Ruckus took place on the first day of the winter season session of Odisha Assembly after the opposition celebrations demanded stringent action in 2 cases of supposed custodial deaths in the state. The 2 deaths which happened over the last 2 days in Puri and Sundargarh districts have actually likewise led to state large protests by the BJP and Congress. The very first day of the session was adjourned amidst the commotion. An all celebration conference was likewise called by the speaker to fix the matter which Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik refused to go to.

    ” We demand a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the Orissa High Court, transfer of SP, registration of murder case versus the IIC of the police headquarters besides 1 crore payment to the victim’s family,’ Naik said.

    In Puri district, a history sheeter, K Ramesh (32), allegedly died within hours of arrest while in the 2nd event a youth apprehended by the authorities from Birmitrapur in Sundargarh district over claims of kidnaping a businessman died on Thursday.

    Following the deaths, stress prevailed in both districts as friends and family of the deceased demanded action and thorough investigation into the case.

    ” Ramesh was jailed after a tussle with the cops while he was roaming around with a sharp weapon and our team attempted to capture him. During the scuffle, 3 police personnel suffered injuries. He was shifted to the district headquarters hospital later on where his condition scrubby and he died throughout treatment,” stated Puri SP Akhileshwar Singh. He even more added that Ramesh was involved in 5 criminal cases throughout districts and was released on bail from a Talcher jail just recently.

    ” We have signed up a case of custodial death and all standards laid down by NHRC are being followed. An extra superintendent of police and a DSP are investigating the case,” Singh said.

    The household however alleged that there was no tussle and he was detained from his home and died due to custodial torture. “We were not informed about the death and the cremation occurred under tight security,” Ramesh’s uncle K Ariya said.

    In Birmitrapur, the victim, Tariq Salim was detained in connection with the kidnapping of a businessman, Pradeep Kundu. Tariq, a citizen of Birmitrapur town, was supposedly apprehended by the cops from Simdega district of Jharkhand on Wednesday. He was rushed to the medical facility after his health scrubby and passed away while under treatment. His household nevertheless declared that he was tortured in custody which led to his death. “The allegations are not true. He was currently unwell when brought into custody and was shifted to the hospital as his condition weakened,” Sundargarh SP Sagarika Nath said. She further included that inquest of the body was carried out in existence of an executive magistrate and the autopsy was performed in stringent adherence to the NHRC standards by a group of doctors.

    Meanwhile, DGP Abhay made sure that both the cases will be examined and all the standards of the NHRC will be strictly abided by. “Post mortems were performed as per guidelines of the NHRC. The entire inquest has actually been videographed. A comprehensive examination into the matter will be performed,” he stated.

    A petition in this regard for a court kept an eye on investigation, has actually also been submitted in the Odisha High Court. The HC has actually sought a comprehensive report and has actually directed the state federal government to send the post mortem report and other documents with all appropriate truths referring to the case. The court will hear the matter on Monday.

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