Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Oct 29:
Palpable tension prevails in Odisha’s steel city as hundreds of tribals gheraoed the Jalda police outpost under Raghunathpalli police limits today, demanding judicial inquiry into the death of a tribal youth due to alleged police torture.
Agitators have also demanded Rs 20 lakh as compensation for the victim’s family.
Victim Krishna Badaik’s (25), elder sister Kalabati has lodged a complaint with the Raghunathpalli police station alleging that her brother was beaten to death by the police.
“We asked them (policemen) why they wanted him. They said babu has called him. Since they had come, it is they who have killed him. Who else?” asked deceased Krishna’s sister Kalabati.
“Today we have gheraoed Jalda police outpost. We want immediate stringent action against the guilty policemen in accordance with the law. We don’t have faith on the police department. We demand judicial inquiry. We also demand Rs 20 lakh for victim Krishna’s family as compensation,” said George Tirkey MLA Biramitrapur who was leading the agitation.
However, the post-mortem on Krishna’s body has been conducted today in presence of a magistrate.
On the other hand, the ASP Rourkela SC Jamadar has said that truth will come out after investigations are over.
“There is no reason for police beating him. Police hasn’t beaten anybody. Allegations can be made. Investigations are on. If anything is found during investigations action will be taken,” said Jamadar.
As per reports, a posse of policemen numbering around 15 had visited Upper Balijodi basti under Jalda police outpost a little before midnight on Tuesday.
After creating terror for half an hour by entering into houses in the basti, the policemen had left only to return after about half an hour. The policemen allegedly entered into the house of Krishna, who was a daily labourer and had left Krishna’s house after quite some time.
On Wednesday morning around 7 AM Kalabati, who resides at a little distance, visited Krishna’s house and asked him to wake up. To her horror and shock she found that her brother was dead.
Allegedly, Krishna’s body bore tell-tale marks of blows by lathis.
As news broke out that Krishna was beaten to death by the police, tension gripped the area.