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15 Aug 1981

A PUDR inquiry report on the alleged custodial torture of Basanti Devi, a 34 year old woman sparated from her husband, by the police sub inspector in-charge of the Anand Van police post, Shakarpur, West, Delhi, on the evening of June 30, 1981. Basanti Devi is also the Vice President of the Mahila Vibhag (Women’s wing) of the Punjabi Bagh District BJP and involved in many civil and political activities such as police excesses in the area – the ill-treatment of women, attempt to grab a local residents’ house on behalf local politically influential person, demands for bribe and direct involvement in the liquor trade. The present invistigation was carried out after her alleged torture in the local police chowki by a Sub Inspector of Delhi Police. 

Key words: cutodial torture, West Delhi Police, Basanti Devi, BJP worker, 

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