A day after Balasore District Collector directed Government Railway Police (GRP) to take stringent action against officers in connection with the incident of two workers breaking the body of an old woman into pieces and carrying it, the GRP SP today suspended GRP ASI Pratap Rudra Mishra.
Notably, an 80-year-old widow, Salamani Behera, was run over by a goods train near Soro Railway Station in Balasore district on August 24. Her body was taken to Community Health Centre. The Government Railway Police reached the Centre after twelve hours. They could not arrange an ambulance to take the body to Balasore hospital for post mortem. Reportedly due to the delay, rigor mortis had set in making tying of the body difficult. Therefore, the workers broke the body at the hip, wrapped it in an old sheet, tied it to a bamboo pole and carried it.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Odisha government through its Chief Secretary seeking a report on the incident within four weeks.
This apart, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has sought an explanation from the Government Railway Police and the Balasore district authorities within four weeks.