Bhubaneswar, Oct 20 (LocalWire) The Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the State home department to grant compensation of Rs one lakh to a man who was illegally detained for 72 hours in police custody.
Balaram Behera was picked up by two inspectors of police way back on July 2, 2012 on trumped up charges and subjected to illegal detention in the police station for three days.
Later he was released as they didn’t find proof of his offence, according to a petition moved by rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo.
The rights panel had constituted an independent inquiry into the alleged illegal detection and found corroborative evidence of arbitrary detention of the man in contravention to the guidelines framed by the Supreme Court.
The apex court had made it mandatory on part of police to produce an accused in a court within 24 hours of arrest.
However, the cops defied the SC ruling and infringed upon provisions of human rights act by detaining the man for over 24 hours without prima facie charge against him, the petition had contended.
Based on the probe report, the rights panel said it’s an established fact that the human rights violation was made to the complainant by law enforcing officers. Therefore, the home department under which police administration comes is liable to pay Rs one lakh compensation towards the victim.
The department is within its liberty to realize the compensation sum from two erring police officers.