The Odisha authorities on Friday transferred the Superintendent of Police of Puri district amid allegations of the custodial dying of a 33-year-old man who was picked up from his residence on Wednesday evening however died a number of hours later after reportedly getting injured in a scuffle with the police.
The house division transferred Puri SP Akhileswar Singh and hooked up him to police headquarters in Cuttack. Sambalpur SP Kanwar Vishal Singh has been transferred to Puri in his place. The DGP additionally suspended a sub-inspector and two constables of the police station in Puri city the place the 33-year-old man was taken after being arrested.
The switch got here on the day the Orissa Excessive Courtroom sought an in depth report from the state authorities over the alleged custodial dying whereas the Nationwide Human Rights Fee issued a discover to the state expressing its displeasure that such custodial deaths are nonetheless occurring regardless of the Supreme Courtroom’s tips on custodial remedy of accused.
On Thursday, 33-year-old Telugu youth Okay Ramesh, a resident of Lokanath Highway space of Puri city was picked up by police over some outdated circumstances. Whereas being arrested he allegedly had a scuffle with the police following which he was hospitalised the place he died. His relations alleged that his physique was cremated with out being handed over to them.
Following the dying, Puri-based lawyer Sarat Kumar Rayguru on Friday filed a PIL with the Orissa Excessive Courtroom searching for a court-monitored probe into the matter demanding stringent motion in opposition to the errant police officers and compensation for the deceased’s household.
In New Delhi, NHRC directed the Odisha Chief Secretary and DGP to submit detailed stories on the matter inside 4 weeks whereas expressing its displeasure over the truth that custodial deaths are nonetheless occurring regardless of the Supreme Courtroom’s tips on custodial remedy of accused.
“This isn’t acceptable in a rustic ruled by the rule of regulation,” the Fee identified whereas taking a veiled dig on the state authorities over its failures to stick to the SC tips,” stated the NHRC responding to a petition by BJP’s nationwide spokesperson Sambit Patra on the difficulty. BJP had threatened agitation if the Puri SP was not transferred instantly.
“The way in which Ramesh was tortured by police personnel in custody shouldn’t be justified. We’ve got demanded punitive motion in opposition to the officers concerned within the brutal homicide. I complained in regards to the inhuman approach the deceased’s mother and father have been picked up by the native police and are being held at some undisclosed location. The NHRC assured us assist,” stated Patra.
The NHRC directed the state authorities to submit the copies of the FIR, arrest and inspection memos of the one who allegedly died in police custody. The Fee has additionally requested the federal government to inform whether or not the relations of the sufferer have been knowledgeable about his arrest.
In one other case of alleged custodial dying, human rights activist Prabir Das filed two separate petitions searching for Odisha Human Rights Fee probe within the alleged custodial deaths in Puri and Sundargarh. He additionally urged the OHRC to direct the state authorities to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to household of every deceased.