NHRC orders compensation to kin of custodial death victim

January 21st, 2009 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended to the Delhi government to give Rs.300,000 as compensation to the family of a 2003 custodial death victim.Pappan, who was treated for withdrawal of alcohol symptoms and was an under trial prisoner, died in police custody May 4, 2003 after being beaten up by a fellow prisoner.

“The post mortem surgeon opined that his death was because of brain injury caused due to a blunt force on his eye,” an NHRC official said.

“An inquiry concluded that the cause of his death was unnatural and that the convict who had beaten him up was released from jail after completion of his sentence,” the official said.

“The commission, therefore, considering that the deceased not only became a victim of assault in jail, but also to the negligence on the part of doctors, has asked the Delhi government to pay a compensation of Rs.300,000 to the next of kin of the deceased.

“The compliance report with proof of payment should be sent within eight weeks,” the official added.

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