NHRC seeks report on custodial death

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New Delhi, Aug 29 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action taken report from the Superintendent of Police of Sivasagar district in Assam over the alleged custodial death of a 35-year-old man from Nagaland reportedly due to police torture on August 21.

The report is to be submitted in four weeks.

The development comes days after the Indigenous Lawyers Association of India (ILAI) filed a complaint with the rights body on August 25, seeking its intervention.

‘The ILAI urged the NHRC to direct the Assam government to conduct a judicial inquiry into the custodial death under Section 176(1A) of the CrPC which provides for mandatory judicial inquiries in cases of death, rape and disappearance in custody besides a detailed report including the post-mortem report and CCTV footage of the police station,” Tejang Chakma of the ILAI said in a statement here on Monday.

The ILAI also demanded suspension of all the police personnel of Gelekey police station and to take appropriate legal action including under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against them and interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased, Chakma said.

E Henveih Phom was a resident of Anaki-C village in Mokokchung district of Nagaland. He was arrested along with a woman on August 16 by the Assam Police while they were travelling to Gelekey.

Following his arrest, Phom was sent to judicial custody. However, he died under suspicious circumstances five days later.

The deceased’s family members alleged that the deceased was subjected to torture during police custody at the police station which led to his death. The family also claimed that the deceased was physically fit and sound at the time of his arrest.


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