19 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today awarded an interim compensation of Rs 10,000 to one Raju Mohanta of Talasarua village in Saharapada block in Keonjhar district. Raju was taken into custody by the Patna police and beaten and kicked by the local IIC Sandhyarani Jena.
The video of this act was captured on a mobile phone. The same video went viral on the internet following which a petition was filed by an activist with the OHRC.
The Commission has directed the Principal Secretary, Home Department to release the interim compensation of Rs 10,000 to the victim within 10 days. The OHRC has issued a notice to SP Keonjhar and the IIC in question to submit a detailed report on this matter within four weeks.
The youth along with three others was brought to the police station in connection with a land dispute on March 25. He was thrashed at the police station by the IIC before being forwarded to court. After the video of the torture went viral, Keonjhar SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra directed Ghatgaon SDPO to probe the matter.