HC wants all police stations to be scrutinised

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Mumbai, Feb 25 (UNI) Taking serious note of some permanent tools attached to ceiling of a police station in Pune for subjecting accused and suspected persons to Third Degree torture, the Bombay High Court today directed the Court registrar to obtain list of Human Rights Organisations to inspect all police stations in the state.

''We want all police stations to be scrutinised,'' said a division Bench comprising Justice S B Mhase and V K Tahilramani, which came across alleged case of Third Degree harassment of an innocent person at the hands of officials from Kothrud Police Station in Pune, by way of a petition filed by a Kurla-based small-time jeweller Tansukh Jain.

''You could not take a person from one police station to another police station in night hours, without arresting him and there the violations (of human rights) begins,'' the Judges reminded Public Prosecutor Satish Borulkar when he chose to deny allegations of torture made by Jain.

Jain had moved the High court last month, after he was allegedly beaten by Kothrud police, who had arrested his brother, Nirmal in a theft case. Nirmal was picked up by the Kothrud police on January 3 for interrogation and when Jain reached the police station, the police assaulted him mercilessly, resulting in multiple fractures in his right leg, Jain alleged in his petition.

The police arrested only Nirmal and let off Jain after beating him mercilessly. He was then treated at the Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar, where X-Rays showed three fractures in his right leg.

Jain has also brought to the notice of the court that some permanent tools were attached to a custody room of Kothrud police station to subject accused and suspected persons to Third Degree torture, which apparently invited the Judges ire.

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