Human Rights

SC moved for custodial death compensation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on 6 July sought a response from Uttar Pradesh government on a petition by a 65-year-old man seeking compensation for the death of his son Ramu who died due to alleged torture by the police in the state's Sitapur district.

A bench of Justices S B Sinha and Deepak Verma sought the response of the UP government on Special Leave Petition filed by Hakeem Yadav, deceased's father, challenging the state High Court's dismissal of his petition.

Twenty-four years old Ramu was picked up by the police on the pretext of interrogation for certain theft cases and allegedly tortured to death at Maanpur police station on July 15, 2007, after he refused to pay Rs 30,000 bribe demanded by the police.

However, in order to hush up the matter, police concocted the story that Ramu had committed suicide by hanging himself with a handkerchief. Pointing out that the claim that Ramu had committed suicide with the help of a handkerchief was absurd, Hakeem submitted that the postmortem report and other evidences were also tampered  by the police.

According to Hakeem, he had filed a writ petition in the Allahabad High Court seeking compensation for the death of his son and transfer of the case to either CBI or the state Crime Branch but the same was dismissed.

Hence, he filed the SLP in the apex court through counsel B P Singh Dhakray.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2009 on page no. 11

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