NHRC asks Delhi Govt to pay Rs 3 lakh aid for custodial death

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New Delhi, Apr 10 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission has recommended to the Delhi Government to pay Rs 3 lakh relief to the family of a victim of custodial death.

The Commission has directed Delhi Chief Secretary to submit the compliance report along with proof of payment within eight weeks.

Coming down heavily on the Police Force, NHRC said the facts of the case indicate that the fatal injury was inflicted by the police when the deceased was brought to the police station.

Lekhraj, arrested on March 31, 2000 for alleged involvement in a robbery case, was taken in injured condition to RML Hospital.

After medical examination, he was lodged in Tilak Marg police lockup. At about 0400 hrs on April 1, 2000, he was found dead in the lockup.

Postmortem report said ten injuries including a contusion over occipital region were found and added that "there are findings of head injury and tubercular lungs".

However, Additional Commissioner of Police, in reply to the Commission's showcause notice to the Delhi Government, said it is possible that Lekhraj sustained the fatal injury around noon on March 31,2000, when he fell down while escaping after committing the robbery.

''He did not feel the pain or symptoms of the injury till 0240 hrs on the next day,'' the police official said.

Dismissing the Delhi Government's contention, the Commission said it is not tenable as the medical examination of the victim at the time of the arrest did not show any injuries on his head.

''The facts and circumstances of the case indicate that the fatal injury was inflicted by the police when the deceased was brought to the police station after discharge from the hospital. The death can be reasonably attributed to an act of the police,'' it observed.

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