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Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Odisha unit on Sunday lashed out at BJD-led government in State over two alleged custodial deaths- one each at Puri and Biramitrapur.

In a video clip, BJP general secretary Lekhashree Samantsinghar said that police have acted as goons of government.

"The police have unleashed a reign of terror in State. The State government has partnered with the police in quest of power," she said while holding the CM responsible for the entire state of affairs.

She said “The government has forgotten welfare activities in State. It engaged the police who forcefully pick up innocent people and tortured them in custody. Police have come down to such an extent that they don't hesitate to kill a person in custody. This is highly condemnable. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is entirely responsible for all these happenings."

The BJP had earlier protested the alleged custodial deaths reportedly in Puri and Biramitrapur. A procession led by party national spokesperson Sambit Patra was taken out in Puri town. Patra demanded Rs 1 cr compensation for the family of the deceased and registration of murder case against the erring police officials.

The death sparked tension in Puri forcing police to deploy additional forces.

According to police, K Ramesh was arrested by Baselisahi police in Puri for interrogation. "The accused got into a scuffle with the cops during the arrest and he sustained injuries. The accused was later admitted to hospital for treatment. However, he died while undergoing treatment. However, family members of the deceased and local BJP leaders have refuted the police statement alleging that Ramesh died in the custody.

Following the incident, Puri SP was transferred on Friday and three police officials of Baselisahi have been placed under suspension.

In another incident, Tarique Salim allegedly died on Wednesday in custody at Birmitrapur police station in Sundargarh district.

The heat of custodial death was also felt in Odisha Assembly on Saturday. The BJP members created pandemonium in the House over the death of Ramesh in police custody.

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