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Custodial Death

19 Feb 2017

People's Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi

19th Feb 07


The National Commission for Women

Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg


Subject: Custodial death and rape


We want to refer to you a gruesome case of custody death and rape in Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh that has come to our notice recently.

08 Jun 2015

The Minister of Home Affairs

Delhi Government

8th June 2015

Subject: Custodial Death of 24 year old Jagannath under PS. Okhla Phase I on 27th May 2015

Dear Sir,

22 Mar 2015

On 22 May 1987, PAC personnel of UP reached Hashimpura, Meerut, took away about 50 Muslim men from a crowd outside a mosque, shot dead at least 42 of the men, and threw their bodies into a canal. On 21 March 2015, a Delhi Sessions Court accepted that the PAC personnel had committed these murders, but acquitted the policemen charged on account of insufficient evidence. Twenty eight years after the brutal massacre of Muslims by state forces, the guilty in uniform have not been identified and are roaming free. 

25 Dec 2013

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights condemns the killing of Sai Reddy, a correspondent of  Deshbandhu, a Hindi newspaper, based in Bijapur in south Bastar, Chhattisgarh  on December 6, 2013. In a statement issued on December 10, 2013, the South Regional Committee of CPI(Maoist) claimed that  Sai Reddy had “played an active role against the people’s movement in Basaguda and Usur areas over last two decades”, and therefore was condemned to death.

06 Jun 2013

PUDR strongly condemns the death of Khalid Mujahid, an undertrial arrested in 2007 in connection with bomb blasts in UP earlier that year. Mujahid died on 19 May, 2013 when he was being escorted by a team of the Uttar Pradesh state police from a court in Faizabad to Lucknow jail. His death while under police escort in what is a clear case of custodial killing raises several questions - the rights of citizens, especially Muslim youth; the character of the police and state; the truth behind terror cases and arrests.

11 Mar 2013

 In the present context of recurring instances of deaths in custody in Tihar, it seems Right to life enshrined in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution has become an exclusive right that ceases to be a fundamental right, behind the closed doors of prisons. The alleged suicide of the Delhi gang rape accused Ram Singh in Tihar, reverberates the same approach of sheer disdain on the part of the jail authorities, towards the rights of the prisoners. 

15 Jan 2013

PUDR deplores the bestial deeds of the two warring sides in Latehar district of Jharkhand, during the early hours of Tuesday, 8th January 2013.Mutilating the body of a dead is unacceptable under any circumstance. To do so in war on the body of a dead combatant is virtually considered taboo under laws that govern war/s. That the bodies were used to plant explosives which would have killed medical staff and those recovering bodies makes it doubly heinous. The use of civilians as human shields by the forces of the government is equally deplorable.

07 Jan 2013

On 31 January 2012, news of yet another ‘mystery death’ at Tihar made it to the papers. Unlike earlier cases, this death sparked off angry protests by hundreds of family members and neighbours of Naim, the person who had died (see Times of India, New Delhi edition, 31 January 2012, p. 2).Family members did not want Naim’s post mortem to be conducted at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital (DDU)..Their protest led to instant results.

12 Jun 2012

It is extremely surprising that Qateel Siddiqui, one of the main suspects in German bakery case, was killed in the high security cell of Yerwada Jail. Qateel was under the custody of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) since May 3 after being handed over by Delhi Police. Delhi Police Special Cell had arrested him on November 22, 2011. His remand was to get over the day he was found murdered in the jail. The police/jail administration has attributed his killing to some dispute with fellow inmates.

17 Jan 2012

The custodial killing of an adivasi in newly formed Sukhma District of Chattisgarh is yet another reminder of the lawlessness which prevails in Chattisgarh’s Bastar region.