Sambalpur Custodial Death: Ainthapali IIC, Sentry, DCO Suspended

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Sambalpur: Taking initial action in Sambalpur custodial death incident which ignited large scale violence today morning, the Odisha Police have piut under immediate suspension three personnel, the Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) Srimanta Barik, Diary Charge Officer (DCO) and the Sentry of Ainthapali Police Station from their duty.

Talking to the media persons, Odisha DGP R P Sharma said the trio was present at the time of the incident in the police station and made gross dereliction of duty. He assured that strong action would be taken against them after a probe is over.

“An HRPC inquiry has been ordered in the incident and it would be carried out under NHRC guidelines. A three-member HRPC team has already been dispatched to Sambalpur to conduct an inquiry into the incident,” said R P Sharma.

“In addition, the IG (North Zone) Sushant Nath has also been asked to conduct an inquiry at his end to submit a report on the incident. Similarly, the Sambalpur SP has also been asked to prepare and submit a joint report with the District Magistrate in the incident,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Orisssa Human Rights Commission(OHRC) has asked the HRPC to conduct a probe into the incident and submit the probe report within three weeks.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased.

Earlier in the day a number of police officials of Ainthapali Police Station were hurt and SDPO Abakash Routray was injured as hundreds of locals attacked them following the custodial death of one Avinash Munda (19) of Bhalupali village.

While the deceased had been picked up by police from his home on February 7 on charges of mobile theft. However, he was found hanging from the police station toilet on February 8 night. While police claimed it to be a case of suicide, the kin of the deceased alleged that the youth was beaten to death by cops.

Security forces on duty resorted to lathi charge on the protestors after they set the police station afire and damaged several vehicles.

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