BHRC for compensation for custodial death
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 18:43
Patna: Bihar Human Rights Commission has ordered the state government to pay a compensation of Rs two lakh in a case of custodial death at the Ara divisional jail in Bhojpur district.

Maruti Chaudhary, a resident of Belaur village in Ara was caught travelling without ticket at Ara railway station in June 2010.

Since he failed to pay the ticket fare of Rs 56 for journey between Mughalsarai and Ara, he was slapped a penalty totalling Rs 1,106. As Chaudhary did not pay up the penalty the same day, he was sent to the jail for imprisonment up to one month.

According to petition filed by Choudhary's wife Shobha Chaudhary, her husband was allegedly beaten by some guards and some prisoners, leading to his death at Sadar hospital in Ara on June 9, 2010.

Confirming his order, BHRC chairperson justice (Retd) S N Jha said the commission after findings of the Sub-Divisional Officer (Ara) during the inquest and team of the doctors during the postmortem ordered the state government to pay Rs two lakh as compensation to Choudhary's wife.

The commission has left it to the state government to recover the amount from the salary of the guilty officials with the directive to file the compliance report within six weeks.


First Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 18:43

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