HRPC Starts Investigation Into Sambalpur Custodial Death

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Sambalpur: The Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) today started its probe into the custodial death of a local tribal youth at Ainthapali police station in the district.

According to reports, a three-member team of the HRPC went to the police station and questioned the police officials over the matter. They will also meet the kin of the deceased youth Avinash Munda (25) and some locals to collect more information and evidence regarding the matter.

The DGP R.P. Sharma, who himself is under fire for the Kunduli incident, had ordered a HRPC probe into the incident on February 9. Besides, he had put under suspension the Inspector-In-Charge (IIC), Dairy Charge Officer (DCO) and the Sentry on duty on the day the suicidal incident took place inside the police station. R P Sharma had also clarified that strong departmental action will be taken against the trio after thorough probe by the HRPC team.

Meanwhile, the last rites of Avinsh Munda were performed at Bhalupali village in the presence of district collector and SP. His body was taken to the village in tight security.

Notably, Avinash Munda was arrested by the Ainthapali police from his residence on theft charges. However, he was rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) after police found him hanging with a bedsheet inside the police station lock-up on February 8 night. But, he was pronounced brought dead by the attending doctors.

The news of the controversial death of Avinash Munda spred like wild fire and a mob staged demonstration and subsequently went on a rampage and set the police station as well as its assets on fire on February 9 morning.

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