Puri Custodial Death: Orissa HC Asks To Trace “Missing” Parents Immediately

Cuttack: Orissa High Court in response to a PIL filed regarding the Puri custodial death case has directed to trace the victim’s (K Ramesh) parents immediately and provide them required assistance as soon as possible.

Puri-based lawyer Sarat Kumar Rayguru had filed the petition seeking court-monitored investigation, immediate action against the erring police officials and compensation to the family of the deceased.

The High Court accepted the case and ordered the government to submit a post-mortem report and a detailed report.

In this case, the state government has filed a petition in the lower court alleging that it was not an incident of “custodial death”.

In their affidavit before the Orissa High Court, Puri Police also stated that Ramesh had died from head injuries he sustained after falling on the ground during the scuffle and disciplinary action has been initiated in the matter.

According to the petitioner, Ramesh was arrested and taken to Baselisahi police station on November 18 morning. He was charged under different sections of IPC, including an attempt to murder, and Arms Act. He, however, sustained severe injuries in his head and body in police custody. He died around 8.30 pm while being taken to Puri district headquarters hospital.