Undertrial dies in police custody in Jajpur

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An undertrial died in police custody at Dharmasala in Jajpur district, police said today.Gayadhar Tarai (40), arrested in connection with an incident of bomb attack on Saturday, died last night.

The family members of the deceased alleged that Gayadhar had been tortured in police custody and held the police responsible for his death.

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“I saw many injury marks on many parts of the body. He was beaten black and blue in the custody,” his elder brother Rabindra said.

Police claimed that Gayadhar had complained of abdomen pain in custody and he was admitted to the Dharmasala Community Health Centre (CHC) where he died.

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But the CHC authorities said they received Gayadhar brought dead.

Jajpur Superintendent of Police Charan Singh Meena said, “we have sent the body to the district headquarter hospital for post mortem to ascertain the exact cause of the death. A DSP level officer is enquiring into the incident and action will be taken against the cops if found guilty”.

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