Opposition corners Odisha govt. over custodial deaths

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The Odisha assembly witnessed tumultuous scenes of death in custody on Saturday, with opposition parties seeking to act more severely.

The Bharatiya Janata party organized a rally against the alleged police authority that allegedly resulted in the death of K. Ramesh at Baselisahi police station in the town of Puri.

The party has also called for the suspension of proceedings for discussing death cases in custody.

“Police Superintendent Puri should be charged with murder. His transfer from the district is not a punishment. He should be suspended. A judicial inquiry must be ordered, ”demanded opposition leader Pradipta Kumar Naik.

Veteran Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said, “The law and order situation has completely collapsed… jungle raj prevails… I have repeated in different forums. I repeated it again in the Assembly. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should have taken tougher measures in two detention cases.

Compensation requested

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra led a party delegation to meet with family members of the deceased and demanded compensation of ₹ 1 crore.

“This is not a death in custody, but a murder in custody. The culprits should be listed under Article 302 of the IPC, ”he said.

The state government on Friday transferred Akhileswar Singh, Puri SP, to the police headquarters. Three policemen from the Baselisahi police station were placed under suspension.

Ordered probe

Odisha police ordered an investigation at the deputy inspector general level into the allegations of torture in detention of six people.

“Allegations have been published in some print and electronic media about the assault on some people transferred to prison by the Pipili police station. An investigation by Police DIG, Central Range, Cuttack has been ordered, ”said a statement issued by state police headquarters.

(With PTI inputs)

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