The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has pulled up the Tihar Jail administration for its lapses in providing specialised treatment to a prisoner in time due to which he died in Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital.

It directed the Delhi Government to pay Rs.3 lakh as an interim relief to the family of under-trial prisoner Mohammed Irshad who died on November 28, 2011.

The government should submit the proof of payment (made to the family) to the NHRC within four weeks from the date of receipt of its directions.

The NHRC observed that the points raised in its show-cause notice had not been replied by the jail authorities.


The deceased was scheduled to be taken to the AIIMS on three occasions--October 27, November 9 and 22, 2011.

But the scheduled visits were cancelled due to non-availability of ambulance.

The prison authorities also did not state as to why the deceased was referred to the emergency unit of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital instead of being taken to the AIIMS.

The NHRC pointed out that all these points were also raised by the Metropolitan Magistrate in his report and had held that the authorities moved casually despite having the knowledge that the under trial prisoner required specialised treatment.

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