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People’s Union for Democratic Rights Slams NHRC, Police for Custodial Violence and Deaths in Delhi Prisons

“Neither the police nor the NHRC seem to be committed to stopping custodial violence and deaths," the PUDR said in its latest report.

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), in its latest report, has claimed that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was unable to effectively discharge its functions in 10 cases from 2016-18 in Delhi.

The Hindu reported that the PUDR team concluded: “Neither the police nor the NHRC seem to be committed to stopping custodial violence and deaths.”

The report pointed out an incident from 2017. A man identified as Anil was allegedly killed by his neighbour Vishal, inside Ambedkar Nagar police station, when two police officers on duty left the victim and accused alone. The two officers were suspended for negligence.

The report said, “The NHRC had taken cognisance in the case and was supposed to be given a report…While we were unable to meet the Metropolitan Magistrate, we were told that the policemen were given a clean chit.”

The PUDR report slammed the NHRC for not following up on the case saying, “Is the police not following the guidelines or is the NHRC not vigilant enough? We have no way of knowing the answer.”

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The report questioned the NHRC’s requests of custodial death records from states. The PDUR wrote, “To what extent are these guidelines followed? If not followed, what measures is the commission taking…?”

As per reports, in one case reported from Mangolpuri in 2017, the NHRC was allegedly given the custodial death report a year later. In another case reported from Ghazipur in 2016, the commission hasn’t been updated at all.

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