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Puri Custodial Death: Orissa HC Seeks Report From Government

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Friday sought a report from the Odisha government in connection with the death of a person which allegedly took place in police custody at Puri on Wednesday.

The Court has also directed the State government to submit the post-mortem report and other facts pertaining to case during the next hearing which has been scheduled to be held on Monday (November 23).

The Orissa High Court issued the directions after it admitted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a thorough probe into the events and circumstances leading to the death of K Ramesh, a resident of Puri allegedly in police custody on Wednesday. The PIL was filed by advocate Sarat Rayguru today.

The petitioner had moved the High Court seeking a court-monitored investigation into the incident.

It was alleged that Ramesh was whisked away by the police from his house in Puri on Wednesday night. Later, he was found dead in the district headquarters hospital.

In his PIL, the petitioner had also appealed the Orissa High Court for action against the culprit police official(s).

Earlier senior officials of police in Puri had claimed that the deceased, K Ramesh was arrested by Baselisahi police following a tussle while he was attempting a crime in Mangalaghat area.

Ramesh possessed some weapons and was planning to execute a crime. Though cops tried to stop Ramesh but he attacked them and subsequently a scuffle broke out, stated Puri SP Akhileswar Singh had told yesterday.

In the face-off, Ramesh along with some cops sustained grievous injuries. Later, Ramesh was taken to the police station where he complained of illness. Though he was rushed to the DHH immediately, the doctors declared him brought dead.

Following the incident, some locals accompanied by BJP workers clashed with the police outside the DHH later in the day yesterday. They demanded judicial probe into the incident and stern action against the policemen responsible for the death of the youth.

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