NHRC sends notices to Parappana Agrahara prison authorities over torture, inhuman treatment

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Jul 18 (ANI): Taking cognizance of a complaint about inhuman treatment meted out to the 32 prisoners at Parappana Agrahara Bangalore, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent notices to Director General of Police and Inspector General (Prisons). It was alleged that they were "beaten black and blue and shifted over night in the injured condition to various other prisons" at Mysore, Bellary, Belagavi and Davanagere. "According to the complaint, dated 17th July, 2107, by Ms Shobha Karandlaje, M.P., Lok Sabha, the family members of these prisoners are not able to meet them," the NHRC officials said. The Commission has asked the jail authorities to submit a detailed report on the allegations, along with present location and state of health of the injured/shifted prisoners of the Bangalore jail, within four weeks. The Commission has observed that the allegations regarding physical torture of the prisoners and their overnight transfer to other jails, in an injured condition, if true, raise serious issue of violation of their Right to Life and Dignity. "It need not be restated that a prisoner is not a slave of the State and is not denude of all his fundamental rights, while in judicial custody," it said. The prisoners were, allegedly, given inhuman treatment due to their initiative to stage a protest dharna inside the jail premises as they were not allowed to speak to., DIG (Prisons) D. Roopa, who had visited the jail. She has, recently, brought out certain grave irregularities, going on inside the Bangalore Central Jail including, providing special and sophisticated kitchen to one of the prisoners, Sasikala and VIP treatment to another prisoner, Abdul Karim Lala Telgi. Allegedly, the 32 prisoners were shifted in a hasty manner in order to avoid any disclosure to the enquiry officer, who was expected to visit the Parappana Agrahara jail on July 17. "The alleged comment of Superintendent of Bangalore Jail has also been described as specious that as per jail manual, dharna is not allowed, hence, the prisoners have been punished by shifting to other jails," the officials said. (ANI)