Youth dies in police custody in Baragarh; villagers, family demand compensation

Baragarh: Irate villagers and family members of a youth in the district, who died in police custody yesterday, staged a protest today by blocking roads and demanded compensation.

According to reports, the deceased, Pravath Dharua, who hails from Baulasingha village under Bhatli police station limits was arrested yesterday on charges of outraging the modesty of a woman.

Following his arrest, he was admitted to VIMSAR, in Burla yesterday and was declared dead today by the attending doctors.

The SP, however, refuting the custodial death allegation, said the matter will be probed and soon the reason behind his death will be ascertained.