Tuesday, September 27, 2022

NHRC seeks ATR on custodial death of Naga youth

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action taken report (ATR) from Assam’s Sivasagar district police over the custodial death of a person from Nagaland, an official said on Monday.
NHRC sent the notice for the ATR to Sivasagar superintendent of police on Friday and gave four weeks’ time for the response, the official said.
The notice followed the filing of a complaint to it by Indigenous Lawyers Association of India, a non-governmental organisation, in Delhi on August 25 on the death of E Henveih Phom, due to alleged torture in custody at Geleky Police Station, Sivasagar district, Tejang Chakma, the programme coordinator of ILAI, said. According to the complaint filed by ILAI, Phom was arrested along with a woman on August 16 by Assam Police while traveling to Geleky.
The 35-year-old resident of Anaki-C village of Mokokchung district was sent to judicial custody after his arrest. He died in “suspicious circumstances” five days later, the complaint said.
The ILAI said in the complaint that Phom’s family members have alleged that the deceased was subjected to torture in police custody at Gelekey police station, which led to his death.
The family had also claimed that he was physically fit and sound at the time of his arrest.

SourcePTI