NHRC to hear custodial death case of Pintu Chakma on May 25


NEW DELHI, MAY 22: The National Human Rights Commission is decided to hear the custodial death case of Pintu Chakma with the Arunachal Pradesh Government in the upcoming open hearing scheduled on 25 May at Itanagar.

The Commission on Thursday issued notice u/s 18 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 to State’s Chief Secretary to show cause by 25 May at the Itanagar open hearing as to why it should not recommend Rs. 2,00,000 as compensation to the family members of Pintu Chakma.

Pintu Chakma (26) along with three others was arrested under the suspect of possessing drugs at Dumpather village however all the other three except he, were bailed out soon after they were caught. According to the police, Pintu was booked under section 22 (a) of NDPS act 1985 on the 30th April 2014 because he was caught red handed in possession of around 600 ml of brown sugar. The victim’s mother alleged that the police have demanded sixty thousands rupees from them and warned her that Pintu will rot in lock up if she failed to arrange the money. She told ACN that even though she informed the police that they were far too poor even to arrange few thousands rupees still the police insisted for such a high amount from them. On the morning of the incident when Pintu ’s health was awfully serious and it was certain that the boy will die, the police sent a message to her that he could be released in exchange of ten thousands rupees, she alleged. However, when the family reached the hospital it was too late.

Ananda Devi alleged that her late husband was beaten and tortured even at the hospital while undergoing treatment as the nurse wanted him to lift his head and when he couldn’t, the police thought that he was pretending. The locals said that he might have succumbed to the continuous torture of the police.


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