HC issues notice to Orissa govt on custodial death

Orissa High Court issued a notice to the state government directing the home secretary to file a detailed report within two weeks on her petition about the death of her son in police custody.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 15:35 PM IST

Cuttack: Taking note of a writ petition
filed by a 70-year-old mother, Orissa High Court issued
a notice to the state government directing the home secretary
to file a detailed report within two weeks on her petition
about the death of her son in police custody.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and
Justice B N Mohapatra yesterday took cognisance of the writ
petition filed by Ritima Dehury of Nayagarh district who had
sought CBI enquiry into the death of her son Lalit Dehury who
was brought dead to MKCG medical college in Berhampur on March
1.

Lalit was allegedly picked up Chamakhandi police of
Ganjam district on February 9 along with two other women
suspecting them to be Maoists, the petition said.

The police claimed that the victim was not Lalit but
one Raju Naik, an anti-social of Chamakhandi who committed
suicide inside the police station.

Differing with the claim, Ritima said that the body
that was identified in the Berhampur hospital was that of her
son.

Alleging foul play in the death of her son, she
maintained that her son was killed as a result of
"police excess" and demanded action against the erring
police officials claiming a compensation of Rs 10 lakh.

Rithima maintained that her son had gone to Ganjam
district in search of livelihood where he was arrested by the
police suspecting him to be a Maoist. He was not produced in
any court until his body was identified in the hospital on
March 3.

PTI