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Rights panel orders probe into chaining of SFI man in hospital

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Wednesday ordered a probe into the incident of an arrested SFI activist being chained in the hospital bed at a state-run hospital in Siliguri.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
April 18, 2013 12:09:21 am

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission on Wednesday ordered a probe into the incident of an arrested SFI activist being chained in the hospital bed at a state-run hospital in Siliguri.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the media reports,the rights panel has asked IGP (North Bengal) Anuj Sharma to conduct the probe and submit the report within two weeks with the specific observation of the IGP,sources said.

Santosh Sahani,the first year BA student,was arrested on April 10 after a clash between Trinamool Congress and CPM supporters in Siliguri. He was produced in the court the next day,but fell sick after the arrest and was shifted to Siliguri Sadar Hospital. He was released from the hospital on Sunday and sent to Siliguri jail. But he was admitted again to North Bengal Medical College on Monday when his condition further deteriorated. He was allegedly kept handcuffed for the first two hours . Later,his feet were allegedly tied to a bed.

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A lawyer filed a plea before a Division Bench of Calcutta High Court on Wednesday seeking court’s intervention into the report of an undertrial SFI student being chained with hospital bed in Siliguri. Advocate Subrata Mukhopadyay,who moved the plea before the Division bench headed by Chief Justice Arun Mishra,said an undertrial cannot be chained with a bed in the hospital as it was illegal and violated fundamental rights.

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