Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Mar 17:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned Mayurbanj DM Rajesh Prabhakar Patil and Rayagada SP K Siva Subramani to be present in person in front of the commission tomorrow in two separate cases.
Both have been asked to present themselves in NHRC New Delhi office with supporting documents at 11 AM over non-compliance of its direction.
While Mayurbanj District Magistrate Patil has been summoned in an incident of outraging of modesty of a tribal woman — who was denied financial relief under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Subramani is being summoned for noncompliance of order of the apex human rights panel in connection with a case pertaining to torture of three tribal school students in police custody.
The summon on Rayagada SP followed after rights campaigner Subash Mohaptra approached NHRC seeking appropriate action against the officials of Chandili Police Station in Rayagada for torturing three tribal students identified as Ashok Pedentui, Basant Pedenti and Brajra Kadraka.
“The students were picked up from their school and subjected to torture and inhuman treatment in police custody on mere suspicion of theft of a mobile phone. The juveniles were not dealt with as per the provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2000 as amended in 2006,” Mohapatra had alleged.
Earlier, the NHRC had issued conditional summon on Subramani on January 21 for personal appearance by allowing his dispense from it, if compliance was made out on or before March 11. However, the SP had not responded to it.
“Despite sufficient time and opportunity having been given, the requisite reports have not been received. In these circumstances, let summons be issued for the personal appearance of Superintendent of Police, Rayagada, Odisha before the Commission on 18.3.2016 at 11.00 AM along with the requisite reports,” NHRC stated in its summon meant for Subramani.