The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of media reports over the death of 21-year-old Ravin, one of the 19 accused of beating Mohammed Akhlaq to death in Dadri’s Bisara village last year.
Observing that news reports raise a serious issue of violation of the prisoner’s human rights, the commission issued notices to the Director General, Prisons and the Director General of Police, UP calling for a report in the matter within four weeks.
The NHRC observed that the different versions and opinions of the jail and the hospital authorities and the suspicion raised by family members of the deceased prisoner indicate that the matter requires a thorough probe to determine the facts which led to his death. Allegations regarding beating of the prisoner by police personnel in judicial custody are also serious in nature, the commission said.
“Even in judicial custody, a prisoner cannot be deprived of his right to life, which is also ensured by the Constitution of India. The family members have all the rights 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,” the NHRC said.
The Commission observed that it is the duty of the authority “to protect his right to life, which cannot be exercised, if proper medical treatment is not provided to him in time.”