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Odisha police firing: NHRC seeks ATR from Nayagarh administration

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 15:

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action taken report (ATR) from district administration and police over the killing of a college student at Chandpur in Odisha’s Nayagarh district.

Police carrying away the body of the deceased Pradip Behera
Police carrying away the body of the deceased Pradip Behera

Acting on a complaint by rights activist Akhand , the Commission has directed the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Nayagarh to file the reports within four weeks.

It may be mentioned here that Pradip Behera, a college student, was killed and at least 30 others were seriously injured when police lathicharges and opened fire at the protesters at Chandpur under Ranpur police station limits on September 11.

The protesters were demanding the arrest of the culprits in the gruesome murder of four members of a family at Shastri Nagar in Chandpur on September 6.

The petitioner had alleged that while the local people were on a dharma near the police outpost for five days demanding immediate arrest of the assailants, the police did not take any action and instead used brutal force against them. While the deceased was not involved any violence, he fell to the police bullets, he pointed out.

It is worthwhile here to mention that the Odisha government had ordered a Crime Branch probe into the murder of four family members and later asked the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Central, to probe into the police firing incident.