Protection to persons willing to give more info on Rishi death: DCP

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Bhubaneswar: Probing into the death of Asutosh Mohanty alias Rishi, an engineering student who died on May 6 this year, the commissionerate police today said they have received the post mortem and the viscera reports of the deceased.

“We have received post mortem and the viscera reports of the deceased. We will consult the doctors who have conducted post mortem and the viscera test and seek their opinion about the exact cause of the death,” Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi told media persons here.

The DCP further said the police, considering various aspects of the case in course of its investigation, have decided to bring more people under the purview of investigation.

He also said to get more evidence on this matter police will give adequate protection to those who are willing to provide more information.

The statement of the DCP came in the wake of a threat call received by a friend of Rishi on Friday.

The youth, while informing the media on Thursday had claimed that there is a link between the sex clip and the death of Rishi, said he received life threatening phone calls from unknown numbers on his mobile phone on Friday.

When asked about the details of the his conversation with the unknown callers, he said they only threatened him. “They didn’t say much but what I observed from their call is that they want to eliminate me”, he pointed out.

Revealing to the media, Rishi’s friend had claimed that his friend’s death is directly linked to the video which was uploaded by a news website and got viral through social media.

Meanwhile, the BJP today said the police have deliberately termed the death of Rishi as an unnatural death case while it was a pre-planned murder.

“It is on the directive of the chief minister police have concluded Rish’s death as unnatural and consciously trying to mislead the investigation,” BJP state vice president Samir Mohanty told the media persons in a press briefing here.

“We will put up this matter in the people’s court in the coming days and inform them about the helplessness of the police who are dancing to the tune of the ruling party in the state,” he pointed out.

The Congress, on the other hand, said the police need to ascertain whether Rishi had taken the drugs or he was forcibly drugged.

“The DCP today told the media that the police have received the post mortem and viscera reports of Rishi. The viscera report says that the death of Rishi was due to drug overdose. What the police need to investigate whether Rishi had taken excess drugs or he was forcibly drugged. We demand that the Mayor should resign immediately and the state government should order a CBI probe into the incident to unravel the exact cause of the death. If the CBI finds that the viscera report is true, then we have nothing to say,” Bhubaneswar District Congress president Manoranjan Das told media persons here.

However, BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said the BJD is not probing the case.

“In fact, police is investigating into the matter. You can ask the DCP as to how quickly he will complete the investigation. I have already told you that my party will take a decision on the basis of the outcome of the investigation. We want that it will be better for us if the investigation is completed at the earliest,” he added.

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