The Odisha authorities on Friday transferred the Superintendent of Police of Puri district amid allegations of the custodial death of a 33-year-old man who was picked up from his dwelling on Wednesday night time however died a couple of hours later after reportedly getting injured in a scuffle with the police.
The dwelling division transferred Puri SP Akhileswar Singh and connected 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 High Court sought an in depth report from the state authorities over the alleged custodial death whereas the National Human Rights Commission issued a discover to the state expressing its displeasure that such custodial deaths are nonetheless occurring regardless of the Supreme Court’s tips on custodial remedy of accused.
On Thursday, 33-year-old Telugu youth Okay Ramesh, a resident of Lokanath Road space of Puri city was picked up by police over some previous instances. While 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 death, Puri-based lawyer Sarat Kumar Rayguru on Friday filed a PIL with the Orissa High Court in search of 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 studies on the matter inside 4 weeks whereas expressing its displeasure over the truth that custodial deaths are nonetheless occurring regardless of the Supreme Court’s tips on custodial remedy of accused.
“This is not acceptable in a country governed by the rule of law,” the Commission 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 Ramesh was tortured by police personnel in custody is not justified. We have demanded punitive action against the officials involved in the brutal murder. I complained about the inhuman way the deceased’s parents have been picked up by the local police and are being held at some undisclosed location. The NHRC assured us help,” 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 Commission has additionally requested the federal government to inform whether or not the relations of the sufferer had been knowledgeable about his arrest.
In one other case of alleged custodial death, human rights activist Prabir Das filed two separate petitions in search of Odisha Human Rights Commission probe in 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.