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NHRC notice to UP over death of Dadri lynching case accused

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the death of an accused in the Dadri lynching case at a hospital here.

Ravi (22) died at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital on Tuesday due to kidney and respiratory failure, doctors said.

He was lodged in the district jail in Gautam Buddh Nagar and referred by the district hospital in Noida to the LNJP hospital on Tuesday, after he was "suspected to be suffering from dengue", police said.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the NHRC has issued notice to the Director General of Prisons and the Director General of Police and sought a report within four weeks.

The NHRC has observed that the content of the report raises a serious issue of "violation of human rights" of the prisoner. In a statement, the Commission also observed that "the reported different versions and opinions of the jail and the hospital authorities, and the suspicion raised by the family members of the prisoner indicate that the matter requires a thorough probe to determine the facts, which led to his death." 

Ravi's family has alleged foul play and that "he was kept in a separate cell by the jail authorities and mercilessly beaten up by some police officials in the jail on September 30 due to which his condition deteriorated".

"Allegations regarding beating of the prisoner by some police personnel in judicial custody are also serious in nature," the NHRC said.

"Even in judicial custody, a prisoner cannot be deprived of his right to life, which is also ensured by the Constitution. The family members have all the right to know about ill-health of the prisoner. Someone, who is suffering from illness in judicial custody cannot avail the medical treatment of his own choice,” it noted.

The statement added: “Therefore, the Commission observed, it is the duty of the authority under whose guardianship he is being detained, to protect his right to life, which cannot be exercised, if proper medical treatment is not provided to him in time." 

The NHRC said the hospital authorities have said that Ravi died due to "kidney and respiratory failure". It said "according to the media report, the authorities did not inform the family about the deteriorating condition of the prisoner. It was only after his death on October 4 that his family was informed".

In Dadri's Bishada village, Mohammed Ikhlaq was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob in September last year on suspicion of eating beef, triggering communal tension in the region.
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