NHRC action on press report
NEW DELHI, SEP. 6. Taking a serious view of a newspaper report about the death of a Dalit in Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh due to alleged police torture, the National Human Rights Commission has ordered notice to the authorities concerned for a report on the incident.
In a report dated September 1,The Hinduhad said that T. Sundaram of Chilekampalle Harijanwada in Chakrayapet mandal, who was taken to the police station on a suspicion that he was possessing a firearm illegally, died in Vempalle hospital on August 31. Enraged at this, villagers led by Sundaram's wife, Mrs. Suseelamma, and leaders of the Congress (I) staged a dharna before the Chakrayapet police station.
According to Mrs. Suseelamma, her husband had narrated to her the torture he had undergone at the police station and had added that he might not survive. She said Sundaram was taken to a primary health centre on August 30, from where he was referred to the Vempalle hospital on the ground that he had severe injuries. Sundaram succumbed to the injuries on August 31.
However, the police had denied that he was tortured. They said Sundaram had consumed excess liquor, complained of chest pain and breathlessness and died.
This report was brought to the notice of the chairperson of the Commission, Mr. Justice J.S. Verma, who immediately tooksuo motuaction and called for a report from the authorities.