Custodial death case: Bihar govt pays Rs 3 lakh solatium
New Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) Bihar government has paid Rs three lakh to the
family of a man who died due to torture in police custody following the
recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The
solatium was paid to the family of Madan Yadav who died due to torture
in custody at Barun Police Station in Aurangabad district on June 7 in
2012, a day after he was arrested for alleged links with Naxals.
“The Special Secretary, Home Department, government of Bihar, in his
personal appearance before the commission, also informed that the next
of kin of deceased Yadav had also withdrawn the amount of relief from
his bank account,” an NHRC statement said. Also, after NHRC’s
intervention a case was registered against the delinquent police
personnel under section 302 IPC at Police Station Barun. The SHO and
five constables were suspended, it said.
The victim, Yadav, a native of district Palamu in Jharkhand, was
alleged to be a ‘sub-zonal commander’ of banned CPI (Maoist) and was
arrested on June 6 in 2012. He was brought to Barun for interrogation,
the statement said. “During the course of investigations, the commission
found several loopholes in police theory behind the death of the
accused. “Based on the material of record placed before the commission
after a series of notices, it held that there was overwhelming evidence
against the conduct of the police which could not satisfactorily explain
the reason behind the injuries to the deceased.
“This did not rule out the possibility of police torture under
adverse environmental temperature amounting to violation of human rights
of the victim,” it said. Reports also revealed that there were
contradictions and discrepancies in the police statements about the
place of Yadav’s arrest, lack of medical examination after his arrest,
the reason behind injuries on his body and his stomach being without
food and water, etc.