Later the police took Pratap into their custody at Phulbani and while interrogation he died according to the local public. However, the same was denied by the police and they claimed that Pratap was shifted to the District Head Quarter Hospital, Phulbani where he was declared death.
The mother of the deceased alleged that her son died due to the police torture when he was under their custody. A senior ournalist Rabi Das and human rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo who is also an advocate, filed a case before the Odisha State Human Rights Commission on 28th of December 2013.
Chairman of SHRC of Odisha Justice B K Mishra while taking cognizance of the complain has now served notices to both the Superintendent of Police and the District Collector of Kandhamal.