Written by Parimal Dabhi | Gandhinagar |
Revealed:October 31, 2017 5:18 am
The Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) has ordered the Gujarat authorities to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the household of a tribal man who died allegedly in police custody in Dahod district 4 years in the past. It has additionally set a six-week deadline for the state authorities to file a compliance report. This comes amid final week’s violence within the district over the alleged custodial homicide of one other tribal.
The case pertains to the demise of 44-year-old Sadiyabhai Katara of Bambela village in Jhalod taluka of Dahod district on December three, 2013. The state Dwelling division, which had first failed to answer the NHRC’s repeated reminders, finally argued that no compensation might be given to the household for the reason that tribal man had died a pure demise.
The Fee, which had acquired a grievance filed by one Subash Mohapatra, govt director of an Orissa-based human rights organisation, International Human Rights Communications, rejected the state authorities’s argument. In keeping with Mohapatra, officers of Jhalod police station had summoned Katara and some others to the police station in reference to a land dispute. “Besides Katara, all others had been let go by the police. Katara was stored in custody. The subsequent morning, he was discovered lifeless on the terrace of the police station,” mentioned Mohapatra.
Mohapatra had registered a grievance with NHRC on December 9, 2013 in reference to Katara’s demise looking for compensation for Katara’s subsequent of kin and motion towards accountable police officers. The newest order information, “The Fee on consideration of the varied stories and recommendations made by the Investigation Division had issued a showcause discover for cost of compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the following of kin of the deceased Sadiyabhai Dhirabhai Katara. Since there was no response from the state authorities regardless of reminders, the Fee really helpful cost of Rs 5 lakh to the following of kin of the deceased. Once more, there was no response from the state authorities and a reminder was additionally despatched vide communication dated 22.6.2017.”
An below secretary of Gujarat authorities’s Dwelling Division finally filed a reply earlier than the Fee on March four, 2017 arguing that no compensation might be paid within the case because it was a pure demise on account of respiration downside.
The Fee, nonetheless, rejected the state authorities’s report and recorded, “The inquiry report of the District Justice of the Peace firmly discovered that the deceased died on account of beating by the police whereas in custody which proves the presence of the accidents on the physique of the deceased. Therefore, the Fee reiterates its advice and directs the Chief Secretary, Authorities of Gujarat, to pay Rs 5 lakh as financial aid to the following of kin of the deceased…Chief Secretary, Authorities of Gujarat, to submit a compliance report together with proof of cost inside six weeks.”
Mohapatra mentioned that this was an interim order of compensation by the Fee and the matter is pending since he has additionally sought motion towards accountable law enforcement officials as nicely.
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