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


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


Complaint of Dinesh’s torture by Head Constable Siddalingiah of Subramanyapura Police Station.

May 24, 2013

The Member

Karnataka State Human Rights Commission

4th Floor, 5th Phase, M.S.Building,

Bangalore- 560001

 

Dear Madam/Sir

The English dailies, The Hindu and DNA, in their columns dated 23rd May 2013; report that, A police head constable has been booked on charges of beating up a 38-year-old private firm employee in Subramanyapura on Tuesday, after the victim demanded a receipt for a fine for smoking in public.

Dinesh, a resident of Gowdarapalya, was outside Uttar Karnataka Military Hotel smoking while waiting for a food parcel, when night beat head constable,Siddalingaiah,told him that he violated a rule by smoking in public and  demanded he pay Rs. 200, which he agreed to and demanded a receipt. Siddalingaiah refused to give the receipt, which led to a heated argument and Siddalingaiah beat up Dinesh black and blue while other customers and hotel staff watched in horror.

Dinesh, undergoing treatment in a private hospital, has sustained serious injuries, had to have 25 stitches on his face because of the repeated punches. On Wednesday, a complaint has been lodged at the Subramanyapura station and Siddalingaiah has been absconding after the severe assault.

The Subramanyapura police claim that Dinesh was found standing in a group outside the hotel smoking and was asked to leave the place but had refused leading to a fight between the duo and they also allege that he was drunk. Further, the  Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) H.S. Revanna is said to have stated that no one came and complained to him but after he came to know of the incident, he has asked the Police Inspector to conduct an enquiry and file a report for further action to be taken.

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

1.    To look into the assault and torture of Dinesh,

2.    Why did the Head Constable refuse to issue a receipt for the fine?

3.    Why was the station or control room not informed of the creating of nuisance at that hour?

4.    Whether a medical test was done to ascertain if he was under the influence of alcohol?

5.    If there are eye-witness to conclude that there were drunk and were creating nuisance?

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.


Rights panel finds boy illegally detained in police station

December 21, 2011

He has been held for the second time, says police officer

A 16-year-old boy was found by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) illegally detained, handcuffed and chained to a window at the Sampigehalli police station on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the commission received information that the minor had been detained at the police station since December 17. When a team reached the police station, they found the boy seated on a blanket and handcuffed with a leading chain attached to the bars of a window.

In the release, chairperson of the commission Nina Nayak said that the boy appeared to be in pain and showed several fresh bruises on his torso, arms and legs. He said that he was given little food and was chained since Saturday evening. He claimed that he was picked up by the police on December 17 at around 9.30 p.m. near his home at Sadiq Layout, Thaneersandra, when he was going to a pharmacy to purchase medicines. The boy alleged that he was beaten by several police men at the station.

The release stated that the boy’s parents received a call that he was at the police station. When they went there, they were not allowed to meet him. The boy’s father Dastagi, a welder, reportedly produced documents showing that his son was 16.

Mr. Dastagi claimed that his son was an eighth standard school drop-out. He told the commission that the police gave him no reason for picking up his son. The policemen all alleged that the boy had stolen money and three mobile phones.

The commission contacted Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda, who deputed Assistant Commissioner of Police M.N. Chandrappa to look into the matter. When questioned by Mr. Chandrappa and Ms. Nayak, Sampigehalli inspector K. Nanjunde Gowda refuted the claims made by the boy. He claimed that the boy was picked up on Tuesday. However, no complaint against the boy had been received at the station, the release said.

The commission was informed that no diary entry had been made or FIR filed. The inspector also stated that there was another case pending in the neighbouring police station and the boy was picked up for inquiry.

Both the Assistant Commissioner of Police and the inspector assured the commission that the boy would be presented before a member of the Juvenile Justice Board. The commission has directed the inspector to submit records pertaining to the apprehension of the minor by 3 p.m. on Wednesday. A complaint has been lodged at the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission by SICHREM.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ravikanthe Gowda told The Hindu that the boy has been arrested for the second time. He said that the minor was a habitual offender and that he was involved in four theft cases. After the arrest, the stolen goods were recovered from him, he added.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2733471.ece