Family demands independent probe into youth

Bhubaneswar: Family members of Hemant Nayak, whose body was found hanging from a tree near Kusapalla village, nearly five km from Begunia police station in Khurda district on Sunday, met the Odisha State Human Rights Commission today and demanded an independent inquiry into the death of Hemant.
 
They held responsible the IIC of Begunia PS for death of the 33-yr old youth who was detained by the police on Saturday in connection with a petty crime. 
 
"Police had detained Hemant and three others for questioning in connection with a small offence. While the other three persons returned home on Saturday night, Hemant was found hanging from a tree yesterday morning. I suspect that they killed him," a family member said.
 
Meanwhile, in a statement State Home Secretary U N Behera said, Inspector General (Central region) and Khurda collector have been asked to submit reports separately on the death of Hemant who was picked by police for interrogation on Saturday.
 
Behera also informed the officer in-charge of the Begunia Police station has been transferred after the incident.
 
On Sunday evening soon after the news spread, alleging that it was a custodial death, hundreds of villagers barged into the police station and went on the rampage. They poured kerosene on the documents and furniture of the police station and set everything on fire before ransacking it.
 
“We are investigating into the allegation of the locals,” Khurda SP said.