Odisha's migrant worker brutally beaten to death by Surat police
A migrant worker from Odisha's Ganjam was allegedly beaten to death by Surat police in Gujarat on Thursday evening for reportedly violating social distancing norms during lockdown amid coronavirus crisis.
The deceased has been identified as Satya Swain, a native of Kullada village near Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district. He had been working in Surat for the past two years.
On the day of the incident, Satya had gone to a police station in Surat for registration for return to his home town.
Satya was reportedly accompanied by few other migrant workers, who also wanted to register themselves for return. The group had assembled in front of the local police station as registration was mandatory for train travel to their respective states.
The police then reprimanded in a bid to drive away the people around the police station area. The group dispersed and rushed into their repsective quarters in the Anjani Industrial Estate nearby.
The police had then followed the migrants workers, who were staying at Plot No 158 in Lane No 1 of Anjani Industries Estate area in Surat.
"Around 5-10 policeman chased them, broke the locked gate, barged into the house and indiscriminately thrashed brutally and took us to Amroli police station," a roommate of the deceased narrated the ordeal.
Satya Swain, one of the migrant workers beaten mercilessly, had reportedly succumbed to the injuries while being taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Satya, who was in his 30s, is survived by his wife and a five-year-old mentally-challenged son.
The wife of the deceased have urged for a "severe punishment" of the accused. "My husband has gone to earn for us. Those who have killed my son's father should get severe punishment for the crime," she told