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Atrocity in Odisha jail, undertrial prisoner branded with cigarette

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 17:

In a shocking incident, an undertrial prisoner (UTP) was the victim of officials’ alleged atrocity in Choudwar jail in Odisha for asking them for dress brought by his wife. He was brutally attacked by the jail officials and branded with cigarette.

The prisoner was admitted to SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack in critical condition. He is undergoing treatment at Hepatology department of the hospital.

The victim was identified as Saroj Kumar Das alias Bapi (37) of Piligrim Road Das Sahi under Malgodam police limits.

The cigarette brand injuries on his body show the assault by jail officials inside the jail premises.

According to report, Bapi was arrested on May 9 for his alleged involvement in a clash took place in 2002. Next day, he was forwarded to court. Later, he was sent to Choudwar Circle Jail. His wife had visited the jail on May 12 to give him some dresses. However, the jail officials did not allow her to meet Bapi. Without having any option, wife handed over the dresses to the jail officials and returned home. The Malgodam police informed his family on May 13 about the critical condition of Bapi, who was admitted to the SCB hospital for treatment.

The family found cut marks and assault marks in several parts of his body. He was branded with cigarette on his entire body. But, the doctor said that he was suffering from jaundice.

However, the jail authority refuted the allegation of torture and attack inside the jail premises.

“As Bapi was affected by Jaundice, he was admitted to the SCB since May 13,” said Choudwar Circle Jail superintendent Niranjan Das.

“Question does not arise to assault Bapi in the prison. The allegations are baseless,” he added.