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Tension prevails in Chandpur after youth killed in firing by Odisha police


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Chandpur (Nayagarh), Sep 12:

Palpable tension prevailed at Chandpur in Odisha’s Nayagarh district today after Thursday’s police firing on unarmed protesters left one person killed several others injured.

Police dragging the body of the deceased Pradip Behera
Police dragging the body of the deceased Pradip Behera

The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under sec 144 CrPc while 17 platoons of police have been deployed in Chandpur alone to maintain law and order. Besides, a large contingent of  policemen have been deployed in nearby Tangi to prevent any untoward incident. The district administration is keeping a close watch on the situation with several senior officers from the police and administration camping in the area.

Police this morning handed over the body of Pradip Behera, who was killed in police firing yesterday, to his family members after conducting post mortem.

Meanwhile, S.K. Vashishth, RDC central division and Niranjan Sahu, collector Khordha, met Pradip’s father at the Khordha hospital  today and handed him over a cheque for Rs 2 lakh towards ex-gratia as announced by the chief minister, reports said. Deceased Pradip’s father is undergoing treatment at the Khordha district headquarters hospital for the injuries he sustained at Thursday’s clash.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had Thursday evening announced an of ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to next of kin of the deceased from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

However, local residents, who had gathered at deceased Pradip’s  residence for his body to arrive for cremation today, demanded Rs 20 lakh as compensation for the  deceased’s family besides the arrest of the collector and SP of Nayagarh holding them responsible for Pradip’s death.

One person was killed and more than 50 injured, four out of them seriously, when police opened fire Thursday at protesters who were on a sit-in strike near the police outpost demanding the arrest of the culprits responsible for the murder of four members of a family at Shashtri Nagar in Chandpur on September 6. The protesters confronted the police over its failure to trace the criminals responsible even five days after the brutal quadruple murder.

Taking cognizance of the clash, the Odisha High Court had on Thursday evening directed the state Home secretary and district collector to maintain law and order situation in the area. A division bench of Chief Justice Amitav Roy and Justice A K Rath also directed the state government to ensure proper treatment to the injured persons.