CB intensifies probe into theft accused’s ‘suicide’


Kendrapara: Intensifying its probe into the alleged suicide of a theft accused after escaping from police custody in Mahakalapada of Kendrapara district, the state Crime Branch’s team is carrying out detailed investigation today.

A two-member team of investigating agency comprising of DSP Alok Das and inspector Tapas Pradhan had enquired about the incident with the Mahakalapada police personnel last night.

It is learnt that the team will visit Belana, the deceased’s native place in order to speak with his family and ascertain the sequence which led to the incident.

It may be mentioned here that, DGP RP Sharma had ordered a probe into the matter yesterday, following which the team rushed to Mahakalapada last night.

On August 26th, following much uproar over the alleged suicide, DGP Sharma had suspended Mahakalpada inspector-in-charge Shyamaghana Behera for dereliction of duty.

The DGP also directed DSP Headquarters, Kartik Mallick to investigate the matter and initiate a departmental action against other officials of the police station.

Notably, the deceased Abinash Paitala alias Musa was arrested by Mahakalapada police the night before his suicide on charges of stealing a mobile phone. After interrogation, police put him in the lock-up.

However, Musa managed to escape at around 10 pm from the custody, while being taken to attend nature’s call. He was found hanging the next morning from the staircase railing of one Haladhar Mallick’s house in the village.

The family members allegedly blamed the police for Musa’s suicide. Later, scores of villagers staged a road blockade at Balana Chhak on Jambu-Marshaghai Road.

The blockade was withdrawn after the district administration announced compensation of Rs 2.10 lakh to the deceased’s family and a job of Home Guard to the next of kin.


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