Puri custody death: Investigation begins

Puri: A day after a youth died following a reported scuffle with police here, Puri SP Akhileswar Singh on Thursday said it was not a case of custodial death.

Besides, IG in-charge S Praveen also held discussion with SP & other senior officials before reviewing the development so far with regard to the case.

He also stated that a probe would be carried out as per NHRC guideline.

Notably, the SP maintained that the death of the youth had not occurred inside a police station and said it was due to injuries received uring the scuffle with police. A case has been registered at Baseli police station in this regard.

DGP Abhya assured a fair probe into the matter and said the investigation, including the post-mortem of the two bodies, were being held in accordance with the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission.

According to the allegation, a person named K. Ramesh was whisked away by the police from his house in Puri on Wednesday night. He was later found dead in the district headquarters police hospital.

Puri SP Akhileswar Singh told reporters, “Ramesh, 33, had criminal antecedents. He was released from the Talcher-Angul jail recently. When we got a tip-off that he was a planning a crime, we raided his place. However, the accused got into a scuffle with the cops during his arrest and sustained injuries. Later, we admitted him to the district headquarters hospital where he passed away while undergoing treatment.”

However, the locals refused to buy the police theory. Demanding a judicial probe, they organised a protest rally at the Puri Medical Square on Thursday and submitted a memorandum to the district collector. The agitators also had a scuffle with the cops deployed at the hospital when they tried to forcibly enter the premises to see the post-mortem.