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Suryakant Jena

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has registered a suo-motu case over the mysterious death case of a man allegedly under police custody in Bhubaneswar a few days ago.

The OHRC has sought a detailed report regarding the case from Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner. The rights body has asked the police to submit the post mortem report, copy of the complaint and other relevant documents before the Commission on or before May 20.

Citing some news publications on the case, the Commission has said that they raise many questions regarding the conduct of the Police while dealing with the death of the man. Prima facie, allegation of custodial violence cannot be ruled out, said OHRC.

While taking serious view of the matter, the Commission has called upon the Twin City Commissioner to submit a detailed report in the matter.

Earlier on Tuesday, S K Behera, the investigating officer (IO) attached with Badagada police station in Bhubaneswar and in charge of the case was transferred and replaced by an inspector rank officer with the district Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC).

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had also directed Bhubaneswar DCP to submit the report before the Commission soon.

The deceased, identified as one Pradeep Sahu, was a resident of Kapilaprasad in Bhubaneswar. He was reportedly picked up by the police in connection with a cycle theft case on Sunday night.

However, he was later declared dead after being admitted to a hospital which prompted his family members to allege that it was a case of custodial torture. But surprisingly, revelation of another woman who claimed her to be the deceased man's wife has left the police in splits.

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