The Odisha Unit of Congress harshly criticized Jagatsinghpur Police Superintendent (SP) and Abhaychandapur Inspector in Charge (IIC) on Sunday, holding those responsible responsible for the alleged death of a youth in custody.
Manoranjan Gedi was arrested by staff at Abhaychandapur Police Station in connection with a narcotics case and died later in mysterious circumstances on Saturday. Gedi’s family members attributed his death to torture in custody.
Linking the current death to a similar case that occurred at Baseli Sahi Police Station in Puri District on November 19, 2020, Congress Spokesperson Nishikanta Mishra said that incumbents Jagatsinghpur SP Akhileswar Singh and Abhaychandapur IIC Jeebananda Jena were then the Puri SP and Baseli Sahi IIC police station respectively at the time of the incident.
At Baseli Sahi police station, K Ramesh is believed to have died while in police custody.
“The Abhaychandapur police station incident can be described as a repeat of the Baseli Sahi police station incident. If exemplary punishment had been meted out to the IIC and SP, another case of death in custody could have been avoided,” Mishra said.
Gedi’s family alleged that the police informed them that his death occurred in an accident. They smelled a rat as the police not only took the body to Jagatsinghpur DHH instead of Paradip but also performed the autopsy in a hurry at night.
The father of the deceased claimed that his son had never been involved in any criminal activity. “What led us to believe this was a case of death in custody was that he had blood on his nose as both of his ears were swollen,” he alleged .