Gopalpur: A day after a youth allegedly committed suicide in Golanthara police station of Ganjam district, the Berhampur SP Tuesday suspended an assistant sub-inspector of police and a constable on charge of negligence and dereliction of duty leading to the custodial death.
SP Pinak Mishra also transferred the Golanthara IIC Babuli Nayak to the district police headquarters till the completion of the probe.
The suspended cops were identified as ASI Prakash Chandra Acharya and constable DP Jena. The two policemen were suspended following a probe report submitted by ASP Prabhat Routray.
Gopalpur IIC Bibekananda Mahanta has been posted as the new in-charge at the Golanthara police station. The development comes after Southern Range DIGP Satyabrata Bhoi, Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra and Sadar SDPO Jayant Mohapatra visited the police station for a preliminary probe into the incident.
A case has been registered at Baidyanathpur police station while a special team under the supervision of DSP Prakash Jena has been formed to conduct a thorough probe.
Sources said the deceased, Ganesh Dakua of Rangipur village under the Golanthara police limits, had unleashed a reign of terror in the village. The villagers informed the police following which the latter reached the spot and nabbed him.
They brought him to the police station and interrogated him by keeping him in the reception room as per Covid protocol. However, Ganesh tied his belt with a window railing of the room and committed suicide at around 8 pm. The sentry noticed and rushed him to MKCG Medical College and Hospital where he was pronounced brought dead.