Home STATE Handcuffing of UTP: OHRC seeks report within four weeks

Handcuffing of UTP: OHRC seeks report within four weeks


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 12:

Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today sought a report from Principal Secretary of Home Department, Inspector General of Police (Prisons) and Twin City Commissioner of Police to submit a report within four weeks over handcuffing an under trial prisoner (UTP) while undergoing treatment at Capital Hospital here earlier this month.

UTP- Kishore Jena

Acting on a complaint filed by ‘Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC), Odisha’, the chairperson of Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) directed the officials to inquire into the matter and submit a report within four weeks.

Human Rights activist and senior lawyer Biswapriya Kanungo alleged that there has been a human rights violation of the under trial prisoner (UTP) as he was handcuffed while undergoing treatment at the government-run hospital here on April 8.

“In the present position of law, if handcuffing is prima-facie illegal, arbitrary and harsh, it is worse to say handcuffing to a prisoner in a hospital bed, can in any way be permissible under human justice vis-a-vis detention jurisprudence as contemplated under articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India. Thus in the present case handcuffing to Kishore is prima-facie cruel, degrading and humiliating treatment and as such the matter reveals a concern of violation of human rights,” the petition said.

Notably, an under trial prisoner Kishore Kumar Jena was on a hunger strike in the Jharpada Special Jail since March 30 and was admitted to Capital Hospital on April 8 as his condition deteriorated. He was on a hunger strike in protest against the delay in conclusion of his trial.

CAFC also sought a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the victim and action against the erring officials.

The organisation had moved the Commission yesterday and sought its intervention in the matter.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here