Chandigarh

HIGHCOURT ISSUES NOTICES TO PUNJAB, HARYANA AND UT ON TORTURE IN POLICE STATIONS AND SMUGGLING AND NARCOTICS INTO JAILS

December 22, 2017 05:56 PM

Petitioner has cited several instances of torture of undertrials/accused persons in Police stations, including the latest instance of Ashok Kumar, Bus Conductor of Rayan International School, who had confessed to have committed murder of a student, Parduman Yadav, under torture, as well as a Muslim lady in the Police Station at Baltana (near Zirakpur)

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HC notices to Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh administration-in PIL seeking enforcement of measures for preventing torture in Jails and Police Stations-as well as against smuggling of mobiles and narcotics into Jails:

A division Bench of the HC comprising Justices Ajay Kumar Mittal and Amit Rawal today issued notices for 29.1.2018 to State of Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh administration-in PIL filed by advocate Hari Chand Arora seeking enforcement of measures for preventing torture in Jails and Police Stations-as well as against smuggling of mobiles and narcotics into Jails.

The petitioner has cited several instances of torture of undertrials/accused persons in Police stations, including the latest instance of Ashok Kumar, Bus Conductor of Rayan International School, who had confessed to have committed murder of a student, Parduman Yadav, under torture, as well as a Muslim lady in the Police Station at Baltana (near Zirakpur), and referred to directions no. 5 to 8 issued by Supreme Court of India in its judgment (in D.K. Basu’s case) in 2015, for preventing torture of accused/undertrials in Police Stations and jails, which included (1) The State Governments shall take steps to install CCTV cameras in all the prisons in their respective States, within a period of one year from today but not later than two years; (2) The State Governments shall also consider installation of CCTV cameras in police stations in a phased manner depending upon the incidents of human rights violation reported in such stations ; (3) The State Governments shall consider appointment of non-official visitors to prisons and police stations in terms of the relevant provisions of the Act wherever they exist in the Jail Manuals or the relevant rules and Regulations; and (4) The State Government shall launch in all cases where an enquiry establishes culpability of the persons in whose custody the victim has suffered death or injury, an appropriate prosecution for the commission of offences disclosed by such enquiry report and/or investigation in accordance with law.”

The petitioner has referred to several instances of recovery of mobile phones and narcotics drugs from the premises of jails in Punjab and Haryana, particularly the Jails at Bhondsi (Gurgaon) and Modern Jail, Faridkot, which indicates that CCTV Cameras and Jammers are not being effectively monitored/used in those jails. Thus, effective monitoring of CCTV Cameras and Jammers is called for. He also argued that if independent persons of unimpeachable integrity , as envisaged in Supreme Court judgment, as well as in Jail Manuals of Punjab and Haryana, are appointed as Non-official visitors to Jails, that can go a long way in eradicating smuggling of narcotics and mobile sets into jails, apart from curtailing incidents of torture in Jails.

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