Friday, February 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] HC orders probe into custodial torture

HC orders probe into custodial torture
TNN, Feb 10, 2011, 12.04pm IST

ALLAHABAD: Reacting to a PIL on custodial torture and death of a dalit
youth, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday directed the Pilibhit
superintendent of police to investigate the case and file an affidavit
alongwith documentary evidence, police records and judicial remand
within two weeks.

A division bench of Chief Justice F I Ribello and Justice Vineet Saran
was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Chitranjan
Singh, state president of PUCL and another on the custodial torture of
a dalit youth in Pilibhit district.

The matter shall come in the court for further direction on February 23.

According to the petitioner, Ram Pal, a 20-year-old dalit youth of
Jarkallia village was arrested by the incharge of Karore police
chowki, Barkhera PS, Pilibhit, on August 14 last and was brutally
tortured by the incharge and other policemen.

Before resorting to third degree method, the out-post incharge
demanded money from the father of the victim. When Rampal's condition
worsened, he was taken to Sharda Hospital in Pilibhit and later
shifted to Ram Murti Hospital, Bhojipura, Bareilly. He was finally
shifted to the District Hospital on September 22. Rampal stayed in
coma for 38 days and was declared dead on September 23. The postmortem
report confirmed injuries on Rampal's body, the PIL alleged.

On reading the news, the petitioner's organisation constituted a
four-member team that visited Pilibhit and prepared a report on the
basis of which the PIL was filed.

The petitioner also highlighted that the guidelines issued by the
National Human Rights Commission from time to time were ignored in
this case. The postmortem was not videographed and the matter was not
reported to the National Human Right Commission. It was also
demonstrated by annual reports and data that the cases of custodial
torture and human right violation abound in UP.

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