Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bonaigarh (Sundargarh), June 4:
Tension is palpable in Tikatanali village under Tikayatpali police station limits in Bonaigarh block of Odisha’s Sundargarh district following the death of a villager who allegedly died due to a brutal assault by the police late on Monday night.
According to a complaint lodged by the villagers, the deceased Sukru Oram (45) was on the way to his vegetable farm with his friend Feda Oram on Sunday evening on a bicycle when three policemen of Tikayatpalli police station stopped them on charges of moving in the middle of the road.
This led to an altercation during which the three policemen allegedly beat up Sukru mercilessly .
They also assaulted Sukru’s friend when he protested. While Feda managed to run away from the spot, the severely injured Sukru lay on the road until his son Jhadeswar rushed to the spot and took him home.
However, Sukru died in the late evening hours on Monday.
Following his death, anger ran high in the village and boiled over when the police placed the seized bicycle of Sukru near a roadside dhaba in an attempt to wash their hands of the case.
Following complaints by the angry villagers, the local magistrate Mitrabhanu Nayak and Additional SP of Bonai Radhabinod Panigrahi went to the village to record the statements of Sukru’s son and other villagers.
“As per the preliminary investigation, the allegation is totally false and the exact cause of the death of the deceased would be known only after the post mortem. The investigation is underway,” Panigrahi said, adding, keeping in view the allegations of the villagers, the post mortem has been conducted in the presence of the local magistrate.