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Calm Returns to Pader Town after Protests, Gunfire

Police officers said that Odong died in the hands of medical workers at Pader Health Center III where he had been taken for medical attention. The officers, who accused one of nurses at the facility of negligence, abandoned the dead body at the facility causing public uproar and demonstrations.
Calm has returned to Pader Town following an evening of running battles between Police and residents who were protesting the death of a suspect in police custody.

The deceased, Robert Odong Awaro was arrested on Monday for causing an accident when his motor vehicle lost control and rammed into a roadside building.  The Pader Acting District Police Commander Onek Romeo Ojara says Odong had no valid driving license.

Police officers said that Odong died in the hands of medical workers at Pader Health Center III where he had been taken for medical attention. The officers, who accused one of nurses at the facility of negligence, abandoned the dead body at the facility causing public uproar and demonstrations.

Angry individuals got hold of the dead body at 6pm and marched with it to the office of the district Chairperson Alfred Akena and later to Police. Akena said Odong is suspected to have died from Police custody contrary to statements made by Police officers.

Justine Lungajul, Pader Resident District Commissioner directed Police to seal off the Police Station and fire teargas and rubber bullets at the protestors who had threatened to burn the Police Station.

Two people identified as Muze Emma, a Journalist with Luo FM and unidentified bodaboda cyclist were hit by rubber bullets.

Odong\'s remains were later taken to Kitgum mortuary for postmortem.

However, the town is now peaceful as investigations into the matter continue.

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