MP Govt to pay relief to kin of custodial death victim: NHRC

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New Delhi, May 6: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Madhya Pradesh Government to pay two lakhs rupees as monetary relief to the next of kin of a person who was taken to police station in Guna District and later found dead. The Commission's move comes on a complaint filed in the year 2000 by Shri Dharam Swarup.

As per the complaint, the body of one Shanker Mali was found in a pond near Bajaranj Garh P.S. in Guna District on January 23, 2000. The deceased had been taken to the police station on the previous day in connection with a theft case. The police took the stand that Shankar was not in custody at the time of his death as he had been released at midnight after interrogation.

The magistrate who inquired into the circumstances of death believed the police version. The post-mortem report, however, showed some fresh injuries on the dead body. Considering the totality of circumstances, the Commission found the police version doubtful. It felt that there was no explanation for the injuries on the dead body.

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

In his reply the Additional Secretary (Home), M.P. reiterated the police version but at the same time conveyed the State government's willingness to comply with the Commission's decisions. While asking the State to pay the monetary relief the Commission has also asked the M.P. Government to submit the compliance report along with the proof of payment.

ANI

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