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,


Head – Programs


Boy alleges police torture

August 4, 2011

BANGALORE, August 4, 2011

TEEN’S TRAUMA: Justice S.R. Nayak, Chairperson, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, visiting Ashok at the K.C. General Hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has ordered an inquiry into the alleged torture of a 17-year-old boy by the Inspector and Sub-Inspector of Mahalakshmi Layout Police Station.

According to a complaint filed by the victim’s father with the KSHRC on Tuesday, Ashok was brutally “beaten up by Police Inspector Anil Kumar and Sub-Inspector Patil in the early hours of July 26, when they picked him up for interrogation”.

Picked up

“The Mahalakshmi Layout police had picked up the boy to question him about two men, Kulli and Mani,” said Justice S.R. Nayak, KSHRC Chairperson. “When they didn’t get details of their whereabouts, the two took him to an isolated location and thrashed him on his knees and leg.”


“The boy was made to sign on a blank piece of paper, which the police used to file an FIR against Kulli and Mani,” said Prakash Kariappa of the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), who is closely following the case.

Multiple fractures

On Wednesday, a KSHRC team visited the hospital where Ashok is being treated for multiple leg fractures. The KSHRC, which is inquiring into the case, was in the process of obtaining the statements of the policemen allegedly involved in the case, said Justice Nayak. However, Mahalakshmi Layout police denied torture.

“Ashok has had cases against him in the police station for assault and theft, among other things. That night, he was attacked by Kulli and Mani, and we think gang rivalry was involved. We took him to the hospital where he and his family told the KSHRC the inspector beat him up,” said a source at the station.