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 Naveen Poojari (43), under trial in Mangalore.

June 11, 2013

Dated: 5th June 2013

 

The Member

Karnataka State Human Rights Commission

4th Floor, 5th Phase,

M.S.Building, Bangalore- 560001                                           

Dear Madam / Sir,

Subject: Complaint of Judicial Death of Naveen Poojari (43), under trial in Mangalore. 

The Prajavani and Vijaya Karnataka dated June 5th 2013; report in their columns the information of the death of Naveen Poojari aged 43years old cooly resident of Kumpal Ashraya Colony in Mangalore while he was in judicial custody at the Sub-jail.

An under-trial, Naveen Poojari was picked up the Ullal Police on 20th May 2013 when he was found allegedly suspiciously moving about in the night. It is stated, that on 1st of June he had fever and was given treatment and did not find any thing serious. On Monday, he was produced at the court and on Tuesday he was not in a position to have breakfast and two other under-trials were also unwell. By afternoon, Naveen’s condition turned very serious and died en-route being moved to Wenlock Hospital.

The paper further reports that the family had not been informed of his arrest and being jailed and only after his death were they informed.

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, especially;

  1. To look into the exact causes of the death,
  2. The functions and the maintenance of the prison,
  3. Whether there are medical personnel & facilities available for treatment at the jail?
  4. Whether there was a failure on part of the jail personnel, doctors in the treatment?
  5. To Specifically to look into the allegations of the violations of the Guidelines laid down by the Honorable Supreme Court of India in D.K.Basu vs. State Of West Bengal and the guidelines laid down by the NHRC/SHRC on :
  • A). To find out who were the police personnel who handled the interrogation and arrest of Naveen, If, the memo of arrest was prepared, with time and date of arrest and who was the family member or the respectable person of the locality  who attested the arrest memo? And, if it was counter signed by Naveen?
  • B). If the police have informed Naveen, that he had a right and could inform a relative, friend or well-wisher as soon as possible, of the arrest and the place of detention or custody. If, yes? Who is the friend and how did they send the information to the family or relatives?, which is to be  notified by police within 8 to 12 hours after arrest by a telegram/ through the District Legal Aid Authority and the concerned police station.
  • C).If, an entry has been made in the Station Diary about the arrest, name of the person informed and name and particulars of the police in whose custody he was?
  • D).If, Naveen had access to exercise his right of meeting a lawyer during the          interrogation? If, yes, who was he and what happened?
  • E).If the arresting officer has informed the police control room within 12 hours the       information regarding the arrest and the place of custody?
  1. 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 ?
  2. To inquire,if the guidelines laid by NHRC, as per 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?
  3. 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 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


Complaint on Judicial Death of Venkatesh

July 25, 2012
Shri. R.H.Raddi
Honorable Member 
Karnataka State Human Rights Commission
4th Floor, 5th Phase, M.S.Building,
Bangalore- 560001                                           
 
Dear Sir,

Subject: Complaint of judicial death of Venkatesh, 45years at Sakleshpura Jail in Hassan District.

The Kannada Daily, Kannada Prabha among other papers dated 20th July 2012, report in their columns regarding the suspicious death of Venkatesh aged 45year old resident of Chowalli Village of Sakleshpura taluk while in judicial custody in Sakleshpura jail .He was arrested for the offence of murder.  On Friday morning when the jail inmates were let out for breakfast it was found that he had committed suicide using a bed sheet in the toilet.

The jailor, Mr. Nazir Ahmed has informed the family members in the morning that Venkatesh was admitted to the hospital for having chest pain and when they rushed to the hospital they were being told that it was suicide. The family members have urged for proper investigation into the death of Venkatesh

We file this complaint for a detailed enquiry into the whole matter, to look into the circumstances involving the death of Mr. Venkatesh since, the reasons mentioned by the jail authorities needs to be questioned and probed especially to inquire;

  1. To look into the exact causes of the death,
  2. To look into the records of the jail hospital and Crawford hospital for the timings and matching it with the time of informing the family and the time when he was brought to the hospital among others.
  3. 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 ?
  4. 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?
  5. 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