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Cops’ negligence claims teen boy’s life in Odisha capital!

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Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate police’s punch line ‘We care – we dare’ appears to be in slogan in reality. The capital police were highly condemned by all sections for its alleged negligence that claimed a teen boy’s life recently.

The deceased was identified as Eshak (14), son of Pabitra Digal, who is slum dweller at Salia Sahi under Nayapalli police limits. He died at SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack where he was undergoing treatment after being shifted from Capital Hospital following accident by a bike in Bhubaneswar.

Neither his family was informed about the accident nor about his admission in hospital. After death, without making any investigation or trying to find out parents and relatives, the body was consigned to flames by police considering it an unknown body.

Pabitra came to know about his son’s death after 10 days of his rigorous search.

Reacting to the incident hundreds of irate slum dwellers of Salia Sahi gheraoed Nayapalli police station for negligence of police including PCR van police employees, Capital Hospital Outpost and Cuttack SCB Hospital Outpost demanded a high level probe into the matter and stern action against police officials involved for such negligence in their duty.

The protestors withdrew after ACP Rabindranath Satpathy assured them to take strong action against the police officials after probe.

According to reports, Pabitra’s elder son Eshak, a class X student, was engaged in catering work to help his family after study at night. On June 5, he had gone with his three friends to a ceremony for catering near Nico Park. While all three had returned home next day, Eshak’s father did not find him at home. He filed a missing report of his son at Nayapalli police station, but the complaint was not registered. After running to the police station many a time to get updates about his son, Pabitra finally approached DCP and told him about everything. By order of DCP, police registered a missing report, but did not proceed further to find out Eshak.

On being informed by a local businessman about the bicycle of Eshak, Pabitra rushed there yesterday and identified his son’s cycle that was placed before a marble shop at Behera Sahi in past 10 days. He came to know that a biker had hit his son’s cycle there while he was on his way back to home on June 5 night after finishing his catering work. He had sustained serious injuries on his head. After getting information from locals about the incident, the PCR van rescued Eshak and rushed him to Capital Hospital. After his condition deteriorated, Eshak was shifted to SCB Hospital in Cuttack.

Pabitra came to know that Eshak died on June 6 at SCB Hospital due to bleeding. As per the rule, his son’s body was kept there for three days. As nobody came to claim the body, police consigned it to flames after autopsy.