NHRC asks MP Govt to pay Rs 2 lakh aid for custodial death victim

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Madhya Pradesh Government to pay Rs 2 lakh to the kin of a victim of custodial death in Guna district.

The Commission has also asked the State Government to submit the compliance report along with the proof of payment.

A complaint was filed with the Commission saying that the body of one Shanker Mali was found in a pond near Bajaranj Garh Police station in Guna District on January 23, 2000.

The deceased had been taken to the police station the previous day in connection with a theft case.

According to police, Shankar was not in custody at the time of his death as he had already been released at midnight after interrogation.

However, the post-mortem report showed some fresh injuries on the body. The Commission found the police version doubtful and there was no explanation for the injuries on the body.

Following this, the Commission issued a show cause notice to the Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary as to why the monetary relief should not be given.

In his reply, the Additional Secretary (Home) reiterated the police version, but at the same time, conveyed the State government's willingness to comply with the Commission's decisions.

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