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Custodial torture stink in death of Odisha youth


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jul 14:

Hours after a PCR van of the Commissionerate Police in Odisha capital dropped a 25-year-old youth at his residence here in a semi-conscious state, the youth was found dead today morning.

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The mother of the deceased, Nukuta Behera from Sabar Sahi, today lodged a complaint with the Saheed Nagar police alleging that her son had been killed.

Nukuta slammed the police for not taking his son to a nearby hospital immediately after the incident.

“Instead of taking my son to a nearby hospital, the police brought him home and went away. If my son had received treatment, he could have been saved,” Nukuta said.

The deceased Shatrughna Behera had gone to a restaurant near Kalinga Stadium on Monday night. He picked up an argument with the hotel staff over payment of bill. The hotel owner claims he called the police, who picked up Behera and dropped him at his residence at around 1 AM.

Restaurant owner Babaji Khan’s brother Nasir Khan said that Behera had come to the restaurant in a drunken state. He refused to pay the bill after having his dinner in the restaurant.

“Behera used to come to the restaurant in a drunken state. My brother (Babaji) or any hotel staff has not manhandled him eve after he refused to pay the bill. We called a PCR and it took Behera with them to Saheed Nagar police station where they might have thrashed him causing his death,” he alleged.

Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi, however, rejected the claims of Nasir saying the PCR vehicle rescued Behera from the hotel and the cops did not manhandle him.

Meanwhile, Sahid Nagar police and a forensic team have left for Behera’s residence to investigate the matter.

Zonal ACP Rabindra Nath Sathpathy said the matter is being investigated. The restaurant owner and his brother have been detained for interrogation.

“The victim’s body has been sent to Capital Hospital for an autopsy. The veracity of the case will come to fore after his autopsy report comes out,” he added.