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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Koraput: Frustrated at the denial of bail, an under-trial prisoner lodged at Koraput Circle Jail reportedly slit his ear with a 'sharp weapon' on Wednesday. He was admitted to Koraput hospital in critical condition where his situation is said to be stable.

As per reports, one Bikash Patra was lodged in Koraput Circle Jail on charges of peddling Ganja on 1st October 2020.

Bikash reportedly lost his cool and took the extreme step of cutting his ear with a sharp weapon after the ADJ rejected his bail plea on Wednesday in a hearing that was conducted through video conferencing.

While it is still unknown as to how Bikash managed to get the sharp weapon despite restrictions inside the jail premises, the prisoner continues to maintain that he is innocent and that he was framed by others.

Accusing the police of framing him, Bikash said, “Cops did not listen anything. They lied about everything including CCTV footages, medical bills and Hotel register details.”

“My wife is pregnant. They have framed me in Ganja case intentionally. I have all the proofs with me,” said Bikash.

It is pertinent to mention here that, due to its geographical location, Koraput district is fast turning into a safe haven for illegal Ganja trade as the narcotics substance is being trafficked to various parts of the State including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and other northern States including Delhi.

However, the crackdown against Ganja trade has yielded results in Odisha as more and more contraband consignments are being seized regularly in the state.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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