Suicide of theft accused: Mahakalpada IIC suspended

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Cuttack: Director General of Police RP Sharma on Sunday placed under suspension the inspector-in-charge of Mahakalpada police station in Kendrapara district, Shyamaghana Behera, for his gross negligence and dereliction of duty in connection with the death of a mobile theft accused.

Behera was suspended in connection with the suicide of Abinash Paital (25) of Balanala village in Marshaghai police limits of Kendrapara district after his escape from the police station late last night.

During the suspension period, Behera will remain under the disciplinary control of inspector general of police (central range), Cuttack. Besides, DGP Sharma has instructed Kendrapara superintendent of police to take stringent disciplinary action against the police station staff whoever was found responsible for negligence and dereliction of duty in the case.

According to sources, Abinash was arrested on Saturday night on charge of stealing a mobile phone of a villager. The police put him in the lock-up after interrogation.

At about 10 pm he gave police a slip when police took him to attend the nature’s call. Despite a frantic search, police could not be able to trace him.

However, his body was found hanging from the staircase railing of one Haladhar Mallick’s house in the village in the early morning today.

Following the incident, irate villagers staged a road blockade at Balanala Square on Jambu-Marshaghai Road. The family members alleged that their kin took the extreme step due to police excess.

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