Baleswar scribe chained to hosp bed by police

In a highly insensitive act, the Nilagiri police chained a journalist to a bed while he was undergoing treatment at the District Headquarters Hospital on Thursday.

Moreover, Nilagiri police station IIC Draupadi Das had allegedly thrashed the journalist, following which he fell unconscious.

While the police action has raised serious questions, victim Lokanath Dalei, reporter of Odia daily ‘Sambad’ and its television channel Kanak News, alleged that the IIC did it intentionally as she had grudge on him after he reported the involvement of the Nilagiri police in corruption.

According to reports, an argument had taken place between Dalei and a Home Guard of the police station Niranjan Rana on April 4 at Nilagiri as the vehicles of the two collided in a market area. However, the matter was pacified after the intervention of a local.

On Wednesday, Dalei was informed that Rana has lodged a police complaint against him. He was also asked to appear at the Nilagiri police station. As he reached the police station, a police officer, Subarna Behera, snatched his mobile phone under the instruction of IIC Draupadi Das. The IIC then assaulted Dalei, following which he lost his consciousness.

Dalei was then taken to the Nilagiri Hospital and later shifted to the Baleswar District Headquarters Hospital. His ordeal was far from getting over at the hospital as policemen attached a handcuff around his leg and chained him to a bed. He was later released from the hospital after the incident was reported on news channels.

“I had exposed various acts of corruption and irregularities of the Nilagiri police, for which the IIC had a grudge on me. As many as 11 Home Guards of the police station have got appointment by furnishing forged certificates as they had exceeded the upper age limit for the job. Besides, the IIC has been receiving bribe from drug peddlers of Nilagiri. I had reported the two incidents to bring the matter to fore,” said Dalei.

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