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Child torture case: royal family member arrested

BHUBANESWAR, AUG. 1. The Orissa police have arrested one of the two members of a royal family of the State who had been named accused in a child torture case.

Bhubaneswar Singh Deo, who belonged to the erstwhile royal family of Khariar in Nuapara district, was arrested from the Kantabanjhi railway station early today as soon as he got down from a passenger train. The whereabouts of his wife, Pushpalata Singh Deo, are not known.

Mr. Singh Deo, whose father, the late Anup Singh Deo, was a Cabinet Minister in the State, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate First Class at Khariar and remanded to judicial custody till August 13.

A case had been registered against Mr. Singh Deo and his wife after the Khariar police found an eight-year-old orphaned boy with severe burns and fractured bones in their Lal Mahal palace.

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