The Odisha unit of Congress on Sunday got here down closely on Jagatsinghpur superintendent of police (SP) and Abhaychandapur inspector-in-charge (IIC), holding the officers accountable for the alleged custodial loss of life of a youth.
Manoranjan Gedi was picked up by the personnel of Abhaychandapur police station in reference to a narcotics case and died later underneath mysterious circumstances on Saturday. Gedi’s relations attributed his loss of life to custodial torture.
Drawing a connection between the current loss of life and an analogous case occurred at Baseli Sahi police station in Puri district on November 19, 2020, Congress spokesperson Nishikanta Mishra stated the incumbent Jagatsinghpur SP Akhileswar Singh and Abhaychandapur IIC Jeebananda Jena have been then the Puri SP and Baseli Sahi police station IIC respectively on the time of the incident.
At Baseli Sahi police station, Okay Ramesh had allegedly died whereas within the police custody.
“The Abhaychandapur police station incident may be described as a rerun of Baseli Sahi police station incident. Had exemplary punishment been handed out to the IIC and SP then, yet another case of custodial loss of life may have been averted,” Mishra stated.
Gedi’s household alleged that the police had knowledgeable them that his loss of life occurred in an accident. They smelled a rat as police not solely took the physique to the Jagatsinghpur DHH as a substitute of Paradip but additionally carried out the autopsy unexpectedly at night time.
The deceased’s father asserted that his son had by no means been concerned in any prison exercise. “What led us to imagine it to be a case of custodial loss of life is that there was blood on his nostril whereas each his ears had swelled up,” he alleged.