Unlawful detention in police custody: NHRC orders ‘Action Taken Report’ within 8 weeks

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Angul: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed Angul Superintendent of Police to submit an Action Taken Report within 8 weeks over the unlawful detention of a truck driver in police custody at Angul Town Police Station.

Reportedly, an investigation is directed to be initiated in concern with the NHRC Case No. No. 2786/18/16/2019, filed by Sangita Swain, Secretary, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH.

As per the complaint, filed on August 19, a heavy vehicle hit a motorcycle near PTC Traffic Square on August 17, leaving the motorcyclist with minor injuries. Ramesh Chandra Bisoi, the biker, provided a written application to the Angul OIC regarding the mutual compromise with the Heavy vehicle driver, Deepak Sahu. Though no case regarding the same was filed with the police, cops kept Deepak in detention for nearly 12 hours at the police station.

Besides, they allegedly did not provide Deepak with food and ASI took a gratification amounting to Rs 2000 to let the truck driver go free.

In addition, IIC Ramesh Chandra Bisoi also verbally abused and threatened to arrest him if he informs others about the situation. As per allegations, Bisoi also asked for Rs 5000 to release the vehicle.

Following the allegations, Swain has urged stringent actions against concerned officials for miss utilising their power.

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