Mr. Justice A S Anand
National Human Rights Commission
Sardar Patel Bhawan
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
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
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
Take any other measures that the NHRC deems fit.
With kind regards,