Youth dies during constable recruitment test

Bhubaneswar: A youth died during physical endurance test for recruitment of police constables here today sparking off demonstrations and allegations of negligence. Sk Imadat Ali (22) of Phulnakhra, near here, collapsed during a 1600 metre marathon race and was declared dead when rushed to the hospital, police said.

Following the death a road blockade was put up at the Nalco square by people who alleged negligence and delay in taking the victim to the medical facility. Senior police officials, including the in-charge of recruitment of constables have refuted the allegation saying there was no negligence on the part of the authorities.

Chairman of police recruitment board V Thyagarajan said Ali was rushed to the hospital immediately after he collapsed. “The death was unfortunate and tragic,“ he said.