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Sharmili Mallick

Cuttack: The family members of one of the five youths, who is undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in here following the alleged torture in Pipili police custody in Puri, stated that the cops are not allowing them to meet him and instead misbehaving with them.

"I have come to see my son but they are not allowing us to meet him. I haven't seen him since the last eight days," alleged a sobbing Gurucharan Pasupalak, father of Jagannath Puspalak who along with four other youths have been admitted to the SCB Hospital since Saturday.

Jagannth's elder brother, Raghunath Puspalak said, "After hearing the news from several media channels, we came to meet my brother here at the hospital. However, the two cops deployed to guard the ward where they are undergoing treatment, did not allow us to enter the room and instead abused us. They even threatened to arrest me."

Police is yet to respond on the allegations of the family members of Jagannath.

Earlier on November 14, police had detained six persons- Jagannath Puspalak alias Jaga (19), Hafiz Khan (25), Pratap Kumar Behera (23), Raju Behera (18), Mohammad Tafiq alias Juma (18) and Dharanidhar Behera (24) for allegedly attacking a police informer in Bhabanipur village under Pipili Police Station in Puri district the day before.

Their family members alleged that they were kept in police custody and tortured for several days. They were not even allowed to me them and later forwarded to court after their health condition deteriorated. Later, they were sent to judicial custody by the court to Nimapada Sub-Jail on November 19.

However, the concerned jailer refused to lodge them owing to their deteriorating health condition. Subsequently, police took them to Nimapada Community Health Centre (CHC) from where they were referred to SCB Hospital. Only Pratap has not been hospitalised.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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