Odisha rights panel demands report on custodial death

Updated - June 11, 2015 05:43 am IST

Published - June 11, 2015 12:00 am IST - BERHAMPUR

: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) directed Ganjam district collector and Superintendent of Police (SP) to submit a report regarding the allegation of death of a person in police custody in Jagannathpur police station of the district.

The collector and the SP would have to file their report to the OHRC within four weeks.

The Ganjam Superintendent of Police (SP) Narasingha Bhola has handed over this case to the Human Rights Protection Cell of the police department.

To ensure free and fair enquiry of the case, inspector in charge of Jagannathprasad police station Divyalochan Behera, against whom custodial death allegation had been made, was transferred.

The victim of this alleged custodial death case is Gourahari Swain of Patadhar village. According to sources, on charges of theft, the police had taken Gourahari into custody on Monday night. But on Tuesday morning he had to be admitted to a local hospital for treatment. He died while undergoing treatment.

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