Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Nov 10:
Taking suo motu cognizance of alleged third degree torture meted out to an accused at the hazat (lock-up) of Government Railway Police (GRP) police station here based on a report published in leading Odia daily Sambad, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed ADGP (Railways) to register a case in the matter and submit an action taken report (ATR) within three weeks.
In his order, acting chairperson of the OHRC Justice B K Mishra has further directed the ADGP (Railways) to apprise him of what action has been taken in the matter so far. The OHRC has fixed the next date of hearing in the matter for December 15.
According to the details of the complaint registered with the GRP police station at Cuttack, one Srikant Das (30) was arrested by the GRP on the night of November 5 for allegedly picking pocket of a passenger who was boarding the Puri Express at Cuttack railway station. The complainant had alleged that Srikant had stole his purse.
Police had tied Srikant, a resident of Damodarpur in Tirtol area of Jagatsinghpur, with his hands raised up keeping him suspended from an iron grill outside the lock-up at the GRP police station. Srikant had no clothes on his body except for his underpants.
On the matter being reported in Sambad on November 7, the police citing him to have been arrested forwarded him to the court on the same day. A case under section 380 IPC (Theft in dwelling house, etc.—Whoever commits theft in any building, tent or vessel, which building, tent or vessel is used as a human dwelling, or used for the custody of property, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.) was registered against Srikant by the police.