Theft accused escapes from police custody, commits suicide

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Kendrapara: A youth of Balana village under Mahakalapada police limits in Kendrapara district, who was arrested on Saturday night on charge of stealing a mobile phone of a villager, committed suicide after escaping from the police station late last night.

The deceased has been identified as Abinash Paitala alias Musa.

According to reports, Mahakalapada Police had arrested Musa last night for stealing a mobile phone of a villager and put him in the lock-up following 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 Balana Chhak on Jambu-Marshaghai Road. The family members alleged that their kin took the extreme step due to police excess.

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