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INFO BY COUNTRY / INDIA / JHARKHAND
ACHR Index: IND/JH/02/03
4 July 2003

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

Subject: Complaint against the custodial death of Gurupado Gope who succumed to his injuries at Dhanbad's central hospital, Jharkhand on 2 July 2003 after battling for life since June 26, 2003.

Dear Justice Anand,

I am writing to seek intervention of National Human Rights Commission against the custodial death of Mr Gurupado Gope who succumed to his injuries at Dhanbad's central hospital, Jharkhand on 2 July 2003 after battling for life since 26 June 2003. Mr Gope is a resident of Nutandih village of Bokaro's Chandankyari block near West Bengal's Purulia district and allegedly picked up for stealing coal.

Mr Gope was allegedly "beaten to death" by the officer in-charge of Amlabad police station Upendra Prasad. The Bokaro police claim that he was apprehended on charges of coal theft and was injured after he reportedly jumped from the police jeep while being taken to the police station.

This claim of the police is nothing but an attempt to hide custodial death. The police officers shifted him to Dhanbad's Central Hospital instead of Bokaro general hospital, apprehending backlash from the local villagers.

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

-         Direct the State government of Jharkhand to submit the most mortem report which should have been prepared in full conformity with the guidelines provided by the National Human Rights Commission;

-         Direct the State government of Jharkhand to suspend OC, Mr Upendra Prasad and other police personnel responsible for torture and custodial death of Mr Gurupado Gope;

-         Direct the State government of Jharkhand to order a judicial inquiry into the torture and custodial death of Mr Gurupado Gope;

-         Direct the State government of Andhra Pradesh to pay an interim compensation of Rs 500,000 (five lakhs) to the family of Mr Gope and that 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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