NHRC issues notice to Chhattisgarh DGP

New Delhi, Dec 1 (FN Agency) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notice to Chhattisgarh Director General of Police (DGP) over reported suicide by a young man in Bilaspur district. Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that a 23 year old man committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train, as he could not bear the humiliation of watching his father allegedly beaten up mercilessly by the police personnel at a Police Station under the Bilaspur district, the Rights body asked for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. The NHRC said that the report must include action taken against the police personnel responsible and whether any relief has been granted to the aggrieved family.

“The contents of the media report, if true, amount to violation of the right to life and dignity of the victims. A precious human life has been lost due to the apparent insensible and inhuman approach of the police personnel,” the Commission observed. The NHRC said it has also asked its Special Rapporteur for the State, Umesh Kumar Sharma to visit the concerned police station. in Bilaspur district. He is also expected to suggest measures to stop this menace of custodial torture by fixing accountability upon superior officers. His report is expected within two months, the Commission said. According to the media report, carried on November 30, the motorbike of the victim collided with a group of women who made a complaint against him and the police came to his house searching for him. He could not be found by the police and instead his father was taken to the police station. As the news of arrest of his father came to the notice of the victim, he reached police station and found that his father was being beaten up by the police personnel in their custody. Later, the father and son duo were released by the police the same night. The next day, the young man, who was reportedly upset due to the incident, left his house and committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train.