Balasore, Dec 8 (LocalWire) National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought Action Taken Report (ATR) from the Odisha government over the death of a person in police custody allegedly due to third-degree torture.
Taking cognizance of a petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer and Human Rights Activist Radhakanta Tripathy, the NHRC has asked the Director-General of Police (DGP), Odisha, the District Magistrate, Keonjhar and the Superintendent of Police, Keonjhar to file the reports.
Tripathy had alleged that due to torture by the police, the accused Suresh Naik, a resident of Shedding Basti under Barbil Police Station in Keonjhar district, died on 20 November.
“Police says that Naik had committed suicide while in custody. This is a classic case of failure of entire state machinery and the police.
Negligence and failure of the government authorities posed a serious question of human rights”, Tripathy alleged.
Tripathy requested the NHRC to investigate the case independently and impartially, take legal action against the wrongdoers and pay compensation to the family members of the deceased.
The NHRC has directed the State government to send, among others, the inquest and post-mortem reports with video cassette/CD and chemical examination and histopathology report of viscera to the commission within six weeks.
It also sought the Action Taken Report on the Magisterial Enquiry Report.
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