OHRC seeks report on suicide of a man inside police station in Odisha’s Ganjam district

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today directed the DIG (Southern Range) to submit a factual report to the Commission within four weeks on the suicide of man inside Golanthara Police station in Ganjam district.

The Rights body took suo motu cognisance of the media reports about the suicide and directed the DIG to submit CCTV footage of four hours prior to the deceased’s removal to the hospital.

The Commission fixed June 8 next for the next hearing of the case.

As per the media reports, one Ganesh Dakua of Rangipur committed suicide in Golanthara Police station on March 3 last.

Two police personnel, an ASI and a Constable were suspended and the IIC of the police station was transferred after the incident.

As per the media reports Ganesh Dakua was brought to the Police station on the charge of assaulting and abusing the labourers working in a brick factory of one Ajit Das of Rangeilunda, the Vice Chairman of the Rangeilunda block.

Due to Covid 19 restriction Ganesh was kept at the Reception desk of the Police station and was interrogated there.

At about 8 PM when Constable D P Jena went outside, Ganesh committed suicide using his belt. He was shifted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur after the sentry on duty noticed it. He was declared brought dead by the doctor.

Since this is a case of custodial death which raises issues of violation of human rights and negligence of the police, the Commission took suo motu cognizance of the case and issued the direction.

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