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NHRC responds to complaint of prisoners beaten and mistreated

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India's NHRI has responded to a complaint about inhuman treatment involving 32 prisoners at Parappana Agrahara Bangalore Central Jail.

The National Human Rights Commission has responded to a complaint about inhuman treatment meted out to 32 prisoners at Parappana Agrahara Bangalore Central Jail.

They were allegedly beaten and then shifted overnight in an injured condition to other prisons at Mysore, Bellary, Belagavi and Davanagere.

According to the complaint, dated 17 July 2107 and lodged by Ms Shobha Karandlaje, M.P., Lok Sabha, the family members of these prisoners have not been able to see them.

The Commission has issued notices to the Director General of Police and the Inspector General of Prisons, Karnataka, to submit a detailed report on the allegations, along with the current location and state of health of the prisoners of Bangalore Central Jail, within four weeks.

The Commission observed that, if true, the allegations regarding physical torture of the prisoners and their overnight transfer to other jails in an injured condition raise serious issues of violation of their right to life and dignity.

The prisoners were allegedly subjected to this treatment after they staged a protest inside the jail premises when they were not allowed to speak to Smt. D. Roopa, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Prisons, Bangalore, who had visited the jail.

She had recently highlighted certain grave irregularities inside the Bangalore Central Jail. Allegedly, the 32 prisoners were shifted in a hasty manner in order to avoid any disclosure to the enquiry officer, who was expected to visit the jail on 17 July, 2017.

Date: 18 July 2017

Source: National Human Rights Commission of India


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