Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 16:
RTI activist and lawyer from Odisha Jayanta Kumar Das today urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to set up a high level committee to investigate the incident in which two accused persons consumed phenyl and tried to commit suicide to escape torture at the hands of Talcher and Kishan Nagar police.
Quoting newspaper reports, the activist sought strict legal action against the culprits in accordance with the law. He also requested the Commission to direct the policemen accused of torture to immediately pay compensation to the victims as their human rights had been violated.
It may be mentioned here that two accused persons named Pradip Nayak, aged about 19 years and Siba Nayak, aged about 23 years consumed phenyl and tried to commit suicide to escape physical torture inflicted on them by the police. Both of them are now undergoing treatment at the old Medicine ward of the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack.
Pardip Nayak and Siba Nayak were arrested by Kishan Nagar police, with the help of Talcher police on June 13, 2014 from Deulagada area of Talcher on the basis of a complaint lodged by Debiprasad Tripathy of Adanga village at the Kishan Nagar police station on June 12, 2014 in connection with theft of a Haiwa truck on June 11, 2014 near Nanpur on the Cuttack-Paradip road.
The petitioner has alleged that after arresting them, the police took the two accused to Talcher police station and beat them mercilessly before taking them to Kishan Nagar police station in the midnight in a Scorpio vehicle.
On reaching Kishan Nagar police station, the accused were soundly thrashed by th epolicemen on duty as well as some people who were waiting near the police station. To escape from the brutality of the police, both the accused persons consumed phenyl which was kept inside the lockup, Das has alleged.
The activist said when the police noticed them consuming phenyl, it rushed them to the hospital at Raghunathpur at midnight. After the condition of both deteriorated, the doctor there referred them to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack.
“Relatives of the victims were not informed by the police about the serious condition of the victims after consuming phenyl and police is trying its level best suppress the facts. The IIC of Kishan Nagar Police Station Pranita Pattanaik has denied the allegations. Kishan Nagar Police is trying the best to suppress the fact by denying the physical torture by police and consumption of phenyl by both the victim. Even the Sadar S.P. Gurudas Kundu has taken this incident very lightly by denying the allegation,” said the RTI activist in his complaint.
“This is a clear violation of human rights. Police has no right to torture the accused. Some other people also tortured the victims in the presence of the Kishan Nagar Police, thus depriving the victims of their fundamental right as per Article 14 & 21 of the Constitution of India,” the activist pleaded in his complaint.