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Suspected custodial death: Odisha Cong for action against cops

Press Trust of India  |  Sambalpur (Odisha) 

The Odisha Pradesh Committee (OPCC) today demanded registration of case against the police officials responsible for the alleged custodial death of a tribal youth of Bhalupali, at Ainthapali police station.

A four-member team of the OPCC, which visited Bhalupali and called on the family members of the deceased, Abinash Munda, also demanded judicial probe into the incident conducted by a of high court besides Rs 30 lakh compensation for the family members of the deceased.

The team included former PCC Jayadev Jena, party's of ST Cell, former Pradeep Majhi, Koraput MLA and Jharsuguda MLA, Naba Kishore Das.

Addressing a press conference, said, "It is a shocking incident. The police department is no more under the control of We visited the house of and met his family members. Case under section 302 should be registered against the police officials responsible for the death of Abinash."

Atrocity on tribals and Dalits are on the rise in the state, Jena alleged.

said that the custodial death at station is tantamount to a cold blooded murder.

"The will stage demonstration demanding security for the tribal and Dalit in Odisha at in after February 25," Majhi said.

The 19-year-old had died at the station on February 8.

Though police claimed that Abinash committed suicide in custody, the people of Bhalupali area alleged that the youth was beaten to death by the police.

An irate mob had also set the police station on fire before ransacking it as the of the death spread on February 9.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 22:35 IST