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Custodial Death

28 Nov 2020

PUDR raises questions about the death of a 24 year old man Mesar, in Mandoli jail, Delhi on 11th November, the contradictions that have emerged in the official version of the incident and the lackadaisical manner in which the post death inquiry is proceeding. Mesar alias Salman was a cab driver and had come from Badaun, UP and was living in Badarpur in Delhi. He was allegedly caught stealing a tempo and assaulted by its owner and the locals in Kabir Nagar on the night of 10th November around 2 am.

22 Mar 2019

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has been investigating incidents of deaths in police custody and publishing reports on these from the 1980s. These investigations revealed that these deaths were most commonly the unintentional consequences of custodial torture, which in turn was part of routine police practice.

22 Mar 2019

The brutal truth behind deaths in police custody were commonly the result of torture of suspects, which is part of routine policing practice in India. The repetitive, almost mundane nature of accounts of custodial deaths reflected in our reports, and their similarity over the years, have shown the systemic and rampant nature, deep pervasiveness and centrality of custodial violence and torture in the practice of policing in Delhi. In report after report, we also saw how justice eluded the victims.

22 Mar 2019

पीपल्स यूनियन फॉर डेमोक्रेटिक राइट्स (पी.यू.डी.आर) 1980 के दशक से ही दिल्ली की पुलिस हिरासत में होने वाली मौतों पर तथ्यान्वेषण को रिपोर्ट के जरिये से सामने लाता रहा है | इन पड़तालों में पी.यू.डी.आर ने अक्सर यह पाया कि पुलिस हिरासत में दी जाने वाली यातानाएँ गैर-इरादतन मौतों का परिणाम थीं, हिरासत में दी जाने वाली प्रताड़ना जो पुलिस के नियमित कार्य का एक हिस्सा ब

19 Feb 2017

People's Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi

19th Feb 07

To,

The National Commission for Women

Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg

Delhi

Subject: Custodial death and rape

Madam,

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.