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SOG jawan dies during practice run

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1: Laxminarayan Pradhan, a jawan of the Special Operation Group (SOG), died of during a practice run on the SOG camp ground at Chandaka under Nandankanan police station on Monday morning.

Inspector General of Police (Operation) Soumendra Pridarshi said Pradhan fainted during the regular practice run. After preliminary treatment he was rushed to the Capital Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Following the incident the other SOG jawans staged a demonstration by blocking road in front of the camp alleging that the victim was not provided proper preliminary treatment while he fell unconscious on the ground. The protestors further charged that the deceased was forced to run by the authorities despite even after he complained of illness.

 Refuting the allegations of the jawans, Priyadarshi said the victim completed 10 km running before the stipulated time.

“Then he suddenly fainted. He was immediately rushed to the MI room at the camp for preliminary examination. Late he was shifted to the Capital hospital where he was declared dead,” said Priyadarshi, adding that it looks like a cardiac arrest.

However, a postmortem will be carried out and the exact reason of the death will be ascertained, added Priyadarshi.

He said compensation will be provided to the family of the deceased as per Government norms.

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