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NHRC Issues Notices To Odisha Chief Secy & DGP in connection with the death of a person allegedly in police custody

Delhi/Bhubaneswar:20/11/20: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued a notice to the Odisha government in connection with the death of a person allegedly in police custody at Puri on Wednesday. The Commission’s directives came shortly after BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra filed a petition over the alleged custodial death. While issuing the notice, NHRC expressed its displeasure over the fact that such custodial deaths are still occurring despite the Supreme Court’s guidelines on the custodial treatment of accused/ suspects. “This is not acceptable in a country governed by the rule of law.” the Commission pointed out while taking a veiled dig at the State government over its failures to adhere to the SC guidelines.

The Commission has directed the Odisha Chief Secretary and DGP to submit detailed reports on the matter within four weeks.

The NHRC has directed the State government to submit the copies of the FIR, arrest, and inspection memos of the person who allegedly died in police custody.

The Commission has also asked the State government to notify whether the family members of the victim were informed about his arrest.

Apart from the medico-legal certificates concerning the deceased K. Ramesh,  videotapes of autopsy, viscera, and the forensic reports on the exact cause of his death; the State authorities have also been asked to submit the magisterial inquiry report in the case.

Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra had moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over the death K. Ramesh allegedly in police custody at Puri.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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