Alleged custodial death in Puri: Odisha HC seeks report from govt

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today sought a detailed investigation report from the State Government over the alleged custodial death of an accused in Puri town. The court asked the government to submit an affidavit in this regard by Monday.

The directive was issued by the High Court while hearing a PIL filed by Puri-based lawyer Sarat Kumar Rayguru. The petitioner has sought a High Court-monitored probe into the matter, stringent action against the accused police officials, and compensation for the deceased’s family.

It is being alleged that K Ramesh (33) of Loknath Road area in Puri town died due to police excesses.

However, Puri SP Akhileshwar Singh said that Ramesh was arrested by Baselisahi police for interrogation as he was attempting a crime in Mangalaghat area. He sustained injuries during scuffle with the cops and was admitted to the district headquarters hospital, where his condition deteriorated and he died during treatment, the SP said.

Ramesh was involved in five criminal cases across districts and was released on bail from a Talcher jail recently, the official added.

On the other hand, Ramesh’s kin alleged that he was picked up by police from his house and died of torture by the cops. His family members further alleged that they were not allowed to see the body while police conducted the cremation instead of handing over the body to them after post-mortem.

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