Undertrial prisoner of Bargarh jail dies at Burla Hospital

Sambalpur: An undertrial prisoner of Bargarh Jail died under treatment at Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital (VIMSAR) in Burla last evening.

He was undertrial after being arrested by Bargarh Police on May 5 after allegedly assaulting a minor girl.

The deceased identified as Ranjit Patnaik had been admitted to Bargarh District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) on May 11 following sickness and then shifted to VIMSAR for better treatment on May 16 by the jail authorities.

Patnaik succumbed under treatment at the hospital last evening.

On the otherhand, family members of the deceased have alleged medical negligence on the part of the jail staff for his death. Delay in admitting the undertrial to hospital cost his life, they claimed.

However, Bargarh jail superintendent Nilima Kulu has dubbed the allegation as baseless.

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