OHRC issues to notice to Cuttack SP regarding custodial deaths

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Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) in Bhubaneswar will remain closed from January 17 to January 25-after several staff at the office tested positive for Covid-19
Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) in Bhubaneswar will remain closed from January 17 to January 25-after several staff at the office tested positive for Covid-19

Bhubaneswar, Dec 15: Tension gripped the district as two people under police custody have died in a span of 5 days. The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today has issued a notice to the SP of Cuttack rural police to inquire about it and to submit a probe into the matter in four weeks.

According to reports, Human Rights activist Prabir Kumar Das has filed two separate petitions regarding polices’ excesses leading to the deaths in custody. Acting on this petitions the acting Chairman of OHRC Justice (Retd) B K Mishra has ordered the probe.

Notably, Gunanidhi Nayak (68) who was taken into custody by the Kissan Nagar Police dies on December 7 in custody while Saroj Senapati (45) who was taken into custody by Narasighpur police on December 9 died on 12 of this month.

The petition filed has urged the OHRC to award a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs each to the families of the victims, as the victims were the sole earning members in the family.

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