Custody deaths: Govt told to pay Rs 7 lakh relief
Accusing the state of failing to perform its duty in accordance with the law, the commission noted that the Delhi government is liable to compensate the next of kin or family members of the deceased prisoners.
The government has been asked to pay Rs 3 lakh each to the next of kin of Raju and Rakesh and Rs 1 lakh to the family members of Vishabh Chaudhary.
Raju (32) had died on the intervening night of April 6 and 7 in 2011 at the Rohini district jail, after he was allegedly assaulted by co-inmates.
“The jail officials brought him to the jail hospital with alleged history of physical assault by co-inmates. The prisoner was unconscious and on examination was found dead. The post-mortem showed that there were a number of ante-mortem injuries caused by hard blunt objects on different parts of Raju’s body,” an NHRC spoksperson said.
Setting aside the contention of DG (Prisons), Delhi, that no compensation may be awarded in the case, the Commission has said the prison authorities are “expected to prevent the attack on the body of a prisoner and to save him from any violence and injury caused not only by jail officials but also by co-prisoners”.
“Since they failed
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