NHRC notice to Rajasthan Govt, IG prisons on undertrial

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the IG, Prisons and the Rajasthan Government over an undertrial languishing in Sriganganagar District jail for 34 years.

The Commission has directed the IG, Prisons and the Rajasthan Home Secretary to respond within four weeks to the notice.

Taking suo-motu cognizance of a media report, the Commission said the incident raises serious issue of violation of human rights of the undertrial.

According to the March 31 report, Prabhunath, resident of Pattakhori village of Uttar Pradesh's Basti district, has been languishing in the jail for 34 years.

Prabhunath was arrested on May 14, 1974, along the border for suspicious activities under Bhuttewala border post area in Sriganganagar. At that time, he was barely 20 years old He was booked under the Indian Passport Act and the local court sent him to police remand till May 18, 1974.

Then, he was remanded to judicial custody in Srikaranpur.

In the District Jail, Sriganganagar, he became mentally ill and continues to be under treatment.

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