UTP dies while undergoing treatment at SCB; family suspects foul play

Cuttack: An undertrial prisoner lodged at Choudwar jail under mysterious circumstances while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital on Saturday.The deceased has been identified as Bharat Mandal. Suspecting foul play, Bharat’s family members alleged that he was admitted to the hospital after being thrashed by the cops.

According to reports, Purighat police had arrested Bharat on the basis of a pending warrant and seized a firearm from his possession on March 28. Later he was produced before the court and sent to the Choudwar jail, said Cuttack DCP Akhileshvar Singh.

Bharat was shifted to SCB medical College and Hospital as his health condition deteriorated after a few days.

As police initially did not handover Bharat’s body, his family members sat on dharna in front Purighat Police station yesteday. Following the demonstration, police allowed them to have a look at Bharat’s body.

“We wanted the police to take Bharat’s body to his home so that his mother can see his son for the last time,” said Sujata Singh, a relative of the deceased.