Complaint of Lalith Kumar’s harassment and assault driving him to commit suicide by the police personnel of Talaghattapura Police Station.

June 11, 2013

Dated: 4th June 2013

 

To

Additional Director General of Police,(ADGP)

Grievances and Human Rights,

Office of DG & IG of Police

Bangalore-560001

 

Dear Sir,

Subject: Complaint of Lalith Kumar’s harassment and assault driving him to commit suicide by the police personnel of Talaghattapura Police Station.

The Bangalore Mirror dated Monday, June 03, 2013 reports that, V Lalith Kumar, a student of Silicon City Educational Academy Pre-University College near Konanakunte, ended his life last Tuesday by hanging from the ceiling of his house in JP Nagar, Phase VII around 4 pm. Earlier in the day, he was allegedly beaten up by Talaghattapura cops at a playground near his house. Later, a crime constable allegedly met Lalith at his house and threatened to arrest him. His mother was at home, father was away at work.

Lalith’s family is scared of the consequences of accusing the police of driving Lalith to commit suicide. The Ramanagaram SP, Ida Martin Marbaniang, has said that in February, Lalith’s friend Sushma had committed suicide and he was accused of abetting her suicide and her parents had registered a case against him and to inquire about the case crime constable Shravan Kumar had visited.

A relative has questioned, that even if a crime had been committed, police had no right to threaten him or beat him and also as he is a minor, they should have informed his family about the complaint and further stated that they abused their power against the boy. 

We file this complaint with a hope that a detailed enquiry into the whole matter is initiated;

  1. To look into the assault of Lalith Kumar resulting in the suicide,
  2. To immediately call for the suspension of the concerned officials pending enquiry.
  3. To also order for police protection to Lalith and family, so that there is no backlash from the policemen on whom allegations are being made.

Note: The undersigned has contacted Lalith’s family for a fact finding mission for recording the statements, the report would be filed with your good offices shortly.

Thanking you,

Yours Truly,                                                                                                                      

R.Manohar

Head – Programs

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Woman gets Rs. 10 lakh for custodial death of husband

June 11, 2013

The Hindu – BANGALORE, June 6, 2013

Woman gets Rs. 10 lakh for custodial death of husband

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to give Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to a 26-year-old woman whose husband died after being allegedly tortured by the police in Bellary.

Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar passed the order while allowing a petition filed by Kadiyam alias Kondapalli Saraswathi, a resident of Marrigudem village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh.

Allegation

She alleged that her husband, Prasad, died after “third degree torture” by the Cowl Bazaar police in January 2007.

The court said the amount should be recovered from the police personnel who were in charge at the station during the incident. Some of the accused have been convicted by the jurisdictional court.

Beating up

Ms. Saraswathi claimed that the police detained her husband, who was working as a cleaner in a lorry, on January 24, 2007, and beat him black and blue.

As her husband was the sole earning member of the family, she claimed a compensation of Rs. 30 lakh as she had to look after two young daughters.

 

(This is a case intervened by SICHREM during the National Project of Preventing Torture in India. SICHREM’s counsel Adv Siji Malayil appeared for the victim’s family.)


Complaint of Judicial Death of Gurusiddappa (70), inmate of Gulbarga Jail.

June 1, 2013

The Member  

Karnataka State Human Rights Commission

4th Floor, 5th Phase,

M.S.Building, Bangalore- 560001                                           

 

Dear Sir,

Subject: Complaint of Judicial Death of Gurusiddappa (70), inmate of Gulbarga Jail.

The New Indian Express 20th May 2013, reports in its columns the information of the death of Gurusiddappa (70years), a resident of Desanagi village of Jewargi taluk, an under-trial he was ill and admitted to the Gulbarga District Government Hospital on May 14 and discharged on Saturday. After returning to jail, Gurusiddappa complained of ill-health and was taken back to the hospital. However, he died within half-an-hour, police said on Sunday. 

He had been arrested by the Ashok Nagar police in 1992 in connection with a murder case and was released on bail two years later. He violated the conditions of bail and was absconding. The police arrested him three months ago.

We file this complaint with a hope that a detailed enquiry into the whole matter is initiated, and that your good offices look into the circumstances involving the death of Mr. Gurusiddappa and

1. To look into the exact causes of the death,

2. The functions and the maintenance of the prison,

3. Whether there were medial personnel and facilities available for the treatment at the jail?

4. Whether there was a failure on the part of the jail personnel, doctors in treatment?

5. How did he die after getting treatment for 5 days (admitted o 14th and death on Sunday)?

6.To inquire further if the procedures and guidelines laid down by the NHRC in its letter No.66/SG/NHRC/93 dated 14 December 1993 on reporting custodial deaths and also with reference to the letter vide No 40/3/95/LD dated 21 June 1995 has been adhered &d followed ?                               

7.To inquire, if the guidelines laid by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief ministers vide letter dated 10th August, 1995 on the video filming of post-mortem examinations in cases of custodial deaths has been followed?

8. To also inquire, if the guidelines laid down by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief Ministers vide letter No.NHRC/ID/PM/96/57 dated 27th March 1997.

Thanking you,

Yours Truly,

R.Manohar

Head – Programs


Complaint of Judicial Death of Mohamed Haneef KhajiSab (35), undertrial in Bijapur Jail.

June 1, 2013

The Additional Director General of Police

and Inspector General of Prisons,

No.4, Seshadri Road,

Bangalore 560 009

 

Dear Madam/Sir,

Subject: Complaint of Judicial Death of Mohamed Haneef KhajiSab (35), undertrial in Bijapur Jail.

The Kannada daily dated May 18, 2013; reports in its columns the information of the death of Mohamed Haneef KhajiSab (35), under trial in Bijapur Jail.

An under-trial Mohamed Haneef KhajiSab is said to have been ill and was admitted to the district hospital and succumbed without responding to the treatment given. He had been arrested by the Gandhi Chowk Police and was in judicial custody.

We file this complaint with a hope that a detailed enquiry into the whole matter is initiated, and that your good offices look into the circumstances involving the death of Mohamed Haneef KhajiSab and

  1. To look into the exact causes of the death,
  2. The functions and the maintenance of the prison,
  3. Whether there were medial personnel and facilities available for the treatment at the jail?
  4. Whether there was a failure on the part of the jail personnel, doctors in treatment?
  5. To inquire further if the procedures and guidelines laid down by the NHRC in its letter No.66/SG/NHRC/93 dated 14 December 1993 on reporting custodial deaths and also with reference to the letter vide No 40/3/95/LD dated 21 June 1995 has been adhered & followed ?
  6. To inquire, if the guidelines laid by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief ministers vide letter dated 10th August, 1995 on the video filming of post-mortem examinations in cases of custodial deaths has been followed?
  7. To also inquire, if the guidelines laid down by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief Ministers vide letter No.NHRC/ID/PM/96/57 dated 27th March 1997.

Thanking you,

Yours Truly,

R.Manohar

Head – Programs


Complaint of Judicial Death of Veeranna Gowda Patil (45), undertrial of Haveri Jail.

June 1, 2013

Shri K.J.George

Home Minister

Government of Karnataka

Vidhana Soudha

Dr Ambedkar  Veedhi,

Bangalore – 560001

 

Dear Sir,

 Subject: Complaint of Judicial Death of Veeranna Gowda Patil (45), undertrial of Haveri Jail.

The Prajavani and Vijaya Karnataka dated May 10, 2013; report in their columns the information of the death of Veeranna Gowda Patil (45years), a resident of Chikkeri Hosahalli of Hanagal Taluk.

An under-trial Veeranna Gowda, committed suicide at the sub jail on Wednesday night. He was in the prison for the last one year and some reports state that he felt dejected that none of his family members had visited him and that was the reason for his committing suicide by hanging. He had been arrested by the Hanagal Police in connection with the murder of his wife and was at the jail.

We file this complaint with a hope that a detailed enquiry into the whole matter is initiated, and that your good offices look into the circumstances involving the death of Mr. Veeranna Gowda Patil and

  1. To look into the exact causes of the death,
  2. The functions and the maintenance of the prison,
  3. Whether there were medial personnel and facilities available for the treatment at the jail?
  4. Whether there was a failure on the part of the jail personnel, doctors in treatment?
  5. To inquire further if the procedures and guidelines laid down by the NHRC in its letter No.66/SG/NHRC/93 dated 14 December 1993 on reporting custodial deaths and also with reference to the letter vide No 40/3/95/LD dated 21 June 1995 has been adhered & followed ?
  6. To inquire, if the guidelines laid by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief ministers vide letter dated 10th August, 1995 on the video filming of post-mortem examinations in cases of custodial deaths has been followed?
  7. To also inquire, if the guidelines laid down by the NHRC, as per the letter addressed by the Chairperson to the Chief Ministers vide letter No.NHRC/ID/PM/96/57 dated 27th March 1997.

 

Thanking you,

Yours Truly,

R.Manohar

Head – Programs


Jail inmates want mobile jammers removed.

May 17, 2013

The inmates of Parappana Agrahara Central Prisons and Mysore central jail have written to National Human Rights Commission urging it to help remove mobile phone jammers installed in these two prisons citing deaths due to radiation emitted by them.

The deaths of Nanjangud-based prisoner Puttashetty in Mysore jail in December 2012 and Akram Pasha in Bangalore in January 2013, were caused by high radiation emitted from the mobile jammers, they have claimed in the letter.

‘2 died due to radiation’

In their letter to the NHRC dated March 15, 2013, the inmates have said that the two were diagnosed with radiation-induced carcinogenesis and cerebrovascular syndrome (CVS), which has been suppressed by the authorities.

Sources in the prisons and the South India cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Sichrem) have said that the hospital authorities have confirmed that they died of CVS and the post mortem report which will throw light on their death has been suppressed.

“Puttashetty exhibited all sorts of syndromes of CVS. There were many who exhibited such syndrome, which has been found to be stated by the experts at Kidwai, Nimhans and Victoria Hospital,” the prisoners have said.

“He was suffering from a form of cancer and was earlier operated for brain abscess in the neuro surgery department of Nimhans. CVS in his case was due to exposure to radiation of mobile jammers in the prisons in Mysore, because the investigation has revealed that none of his family members had this problem,” the inmates in their letter to Chairman, NHRC have said.

Citing the Supreme Court order fixing a cap on radiation emitted from cell phone towers at 0.05 watts per square meter, the letter to NHRC chairman says that Bangalore prison jammers emit a total power output up to 300 watts.

Pointing out that the Bulgarian firm which supplied jammers to City’s prison has also supplied to the prisons in Afghanistan, the prisoners have stated that since these jammers emit more radiations they should be replaced.

SHRC authorities, on receiving complaints, deputed officers to hear their grievances. “ However the officers deputed were all police officers who conducted an inquiry before the prison authorities and the prisoners dared not to open their mouths,” the complaint said. Mathew Philip, Executive Director, Sichrem said the SHRC is vested with powers to conduct surprise raids, but this action seems to be more suspicious. He also expressed his surprise that NHRC failed to look into the complaint by the inmates.

Claim rubbished

However, a top official in Parappana Agrahara Central Prisons rubbished the claims of the prisoners regarding the jammers and reason for deaths of Puttashetty and Pasha and said: “The jammers have been tested before installation and has been installed as per the rules. It is a hidden campaign of the rowdy sheeters, who are losing out on their business of extorting money.”

Blaming a rowdy sheeter ‘Silent Sunil’ who is now in the prison, the official said there are at present 12 groups of rowdy sheeters in the prison, that are funding this campaign because they are unable to make money from prisons without using cellphones.

The NHRC, considering the seriousness of the Bangalore Central Prison, has not responded to the letter. He  said the prison has inmates from about 40 international drug mafia, 15 mining mafia and 20 arrested with terror links which includes those from Pakistan.

In additions to Sunil group there are 11 groups of rowdy sheeters headed by Kavala, Palani, Kutti, Dairy Mahesh, Robbery Giri, Cycle Ramesh, Balla, Tanveer Group, Lokesh, Korangu and Ravi Poojary groups.

Additional Director General of Police Gagan Deep, when contacted, said he is not aware of this complaint or any incident pertaining to the deaths of two inmates.

Source : Deccan Herald, 16th May 2013.


Custodial death: SICHREM files complaint to SHRC

June 23, 2010

SIHREM have filed a complaint with the SHRC concerning an alleged custodial death in Bangalore. P. Lokesh of of A. Narayanapur near K.R. Puram died in police custody, after he was arrested by Hennur police.

There have been various accounts of the incident and we hope that after SICHREM’ s complaint the truth can be revealed.

SICHREM’s complaint to the SHRC has been noted in The Hindu:http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/23/stories/2010062364520400.htm

To read the complaint:comp of lokesh Custodial dth BLR June 21[1]