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INFO BY COUNTRY / INDIA / UTTAR PRADESH
ACHR Index: IND/UP/02/03
2 July 2003

Mr. Justice A S Anand
Chairman
National Human Rights Commission
Sardar Patel Bhawan
Parliament Street
New Delhi-110001

Subject: Complaint against illegal detention and custodial death of 35-year-old, Mr Dollchand of Ameer Nagar in Ramkot police circle of Sitapur, Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh yesterday i.e. 1 July 2003

Dear Justice Anand,

I am writing to seek immediate intervention of the National Human Rights Commission against illegal detention and custodial death of 35-year-old, Mr Dollchand of Ameer Nagar in Ramkot police circle of Sitapur, Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh yesterday i.e. 1 July 2003. Mr Dollchand is a Dalit.

Constables Suresh Singh and Kesri Narain Verma arrested Mr Dollchand on 1 July 2003 around 2 pm. He was reportedly held in connection with a warrant issued against him from the office of the district magistrate and was expected to appear before the court on July 23. The arrest warrant was not produced.

Mr Dollchand was brought to the Kachnar police outpost of Ramkot police station where the two constables reportedly locked him in a room and went away. When they returned an hour later, they allegedly found Dollchand's body hanging from the ceiling of the room tied with a gamcha (cotton scarf).

Obviously, the alleged suicide is an attempt to hide torture perpetrated on Mr Dollchand.

I shall be grateful if the NHRC could kindly make an urgent intervention and take the following measures:

-         Direct the State government of Uttar Pradesh to order a judicial inquiry into the extrajudicial execution of Mr Dollchand;

-         Direct the State government of Uttar Pradesh to provide the most mortem report which should have been conducted in full conformity with the guidelines provided by the National Human Rights Commission;

-         Direct the State government of Uttar Pradesh to suspend the concerned police personnel, Suresh Singh and Kesri Narain Verma and take necessary action;

-         Direct the State government of Uttar Pradesh to pay interim compensation of Rs 500,000 (five lakhs) to the victim's family and the same be recovered from the guilty police personnel; and

-         Take any other measures that the NHRC deems fit.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely

 

Suhas Chakma
Director


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