Sambalpur: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today directed the Additional Chief Secretary of Odisha Home Department to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation in connection with custodial death of an under-trial prisoner, who died under mysterious circumstances at Jujumura in Sambalpur last year.
As per sources, the Town Police had arrested one Abhay Singh on allegations of smuggling ganja in Jujumura police limits.
He was a resident of Palampur in Purulia district of West Bengal and had come to Sambalpur to sell handicraft items.
Singh was then taken to police station and later produced in the court. A few days later Singh fell sick and was admitted to VIMSAR Burla where he died while undergoing treatment on June 19 last year.
However, his wife alleged that he died due to physical torture in police custody and later, his family filed a petition with the NHRC over Singh’s death.
Hearing the petition, the rights body had also directed the Additional DG of HRPC to submit a report on the issue.