Suicide case: AP Govt asked to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation
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Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009, 19:55
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked Andhra Pradesh government to pay a compensation of Rs one lakh to the parents of a person who committed suicide in police custody about four years ago.

The rights body also asked the state government to submit a compliance report to it along with the proof of payment of the monetary relief.

Jakir Basha, who was arrested on May 9, 2005 from Guntakal in Anantapur district on his wife's complaint of torture, had consumed poison in police custody, NHRC said, adding he was first admitted to a government hospital in the district but later shifted to Abhaya Hospital in Bangalore where he died on May 17.

The postmortem and viscera examination report revealed that he had died due to respiratory failure caused by the poisonous substance he had consumed, it said.

"On consideration of the facts of the case, the Commission found prima facie that life of Basha could have been saved if the police had been vigilant," it added.

The commission took up the case in 2006 on the basis of an intimation received from the Assistant Commissioner, Bangalore. Taking cognisance of the case, the commission issued a notice to Andhra government seeking it's reply.

"However, despite reminders, no reply came from the Andhra government and the commission finally concluded that the state government has nothing to say in defence of the police and hence it must bear liability for the death of Basha," the rights body said.

Basha had married to Praveena against the wishes of her parents on the January 24, 1999. "The marital journey was not smooth and in 2005, Praveena made a complaint at P.S. Guntakal Town-II alleging that she was being harassed by her husband," it added.

Police had arrested Basha in connection with a case of torture lodged against him under Section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by his wife, it added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009, 19:55

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