Bhubaneswar: n a significant judgment, the Odisha High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to give Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the families of Lalit Dehury, who died in the Chamakhandi police custody last year.
The court also directed the government to deposit 75 per cent of total money as fixed deposit in a bank and the rest 25 per cent to be given as cash.
It may be noted that on February 28 last year, the officials of Chamakhandi police station of Ganjam district had allegedly arrested Lalit for keeping weapons illegally in his possession, but on the very next day, he was found dead inside the police station.
Protesting the police behaviour and alleging the hand of the police in the custodial death, the family members of Lalit had appealed in the High Court.
In a similar judgment on the death of UTP Rajkishore Parida of Injana village under Mancheswar police station here, who had allegedly died of negligence in jail on November 5, 2003, the High Court on directed the state government to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the kin of Parida.