Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 3:
The Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) of the Odisha police will investigate the alleged custodial torture of Titlagarh youth Basanta Pradhan leading to his death. This was informed by HRPC director BK Sharma here today.
Earlier, Crime Branch police was investigating the case.
Sharma said a four-member team of the OHRPC has already arrived in Titlagarh for the purpose.
It may be noted here that Basant Pradhan, a resident of Hatapadapada was picked up by Balangir police with the help of Titlagarh police on June 10 on charges of buying a stolen mobile phone handset.
Basant’s family had alleged that he was released by Balangir police on June 15 after being subjected to severe torture while in custody.
The family had alleged that Basant had remained unwell since his return from police custody and was declared dead by the doctor soon after he was taken to the hospital for treatment as his condition aggravated on June 28.
Following Basant’s death, an angry mob of hundreds had ransacked office of the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Titlagarh setting fire to police vehicles, files and documents and motor bikes kept in the malkhana and damaging computers and furniture demanding the arrest of policemen responsible for allegedly torturing the youth, who succumbed to his injuries.