Kerala DGP asks Odisha top cop to probe CISF jawan’s death

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Bhubaneswar: Eleven days after the death of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) head constable Jose P Joseph came to fore, Kerala director general of police (DGP) TP Senkumar on Saturday requested his Odisha counterpart to investigate the matter, which had occurred near Balugaon railway station in Ganjam district.

Official sources said the Odisha police will form a special team to investigate the matter.

Reports published in national media said head constable Chettiparambil Jose P. Joseph, a native Kattipara, Kerala, had gone missing on April 12 while on his way home from Assam, where he was posted. When he did not arrive at home, his wife Leticia filed a ‘missing’ complaint with the Malappuram police on February 14.

Kerala police launched a massive search operation to find the missing jawan. Though it had forwarded Jose’s photos and other details to their Odisha counterparts, after tracking his mobile call details, no action was allegedly taken by the latter to trace him.

Meanwhile, on February 17, Jose’s body was found near the railway track. Reportedly, the corpse lay unattended near the railway track for six days. The decomposed body was shifted to hospital only after a police team from Malappuram, reached Balugaon. It was also alleged by Kerala police that the Government Railway Police (GRP) also failed to take any action in this regard.

The Kerala police team has also recovered the mobile phone used by Jose from a local woman, the reports stated.

Kerala police suspect that Jose was killed after he accidentally fell off the moving train, but establishing the real cause would be delayed due to the indifferent attitude of the Odisha police.

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