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Updated: November 6, 2013 02:52 IST

Malleswaram blast case: State told to pay compensation to Peer Mohideen, two others

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KSHRC registers case against Bangalore police

Taking serious note of the arrest of three persons on charges of terrorism in the Malleswaram bomb blast case and their release after six months for lack of evidence, the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) on Tuesday registered a suo motu case against the Bangalore city police.

The commission also issued a notice to the Chief Secretary to recommend to the State government an interim compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to each of the three people.

‘Within a month’

KSHRC member C.G. Hunugund, in a letter to the Chief Secretary, also directed payment of the compensation within a month from the date of receipt of the notice.

Peer Mohideen, Saddam Husain and Tenkasi Haneefa, all residents of Chennai, were released recently as the Bangalore police failed to prove their involvement in the case. They were lodged in the Bangalore Central Jail for six months.

Mr. Hungund said arresting the three and sending them behind bars on charges of terrorism for no fault of theirs amounted to serious lapses on the part of investigators. The police officers who subjected the innocent men to unjust detention and torture to extract confessions should be made accountable, he said.

‘Innocence established’

Dropping of names while filing charge sheet and the subsequent release of the accused showed that their innocence was established beyond doubt, he said. It further showed how deeply ingrained was the automatic association of Muslims with terrorism among police officers, Mr. Hungund added.

Anyone whose rights as a person had been violated could be regarded as a victim and the victim should be compensated. The award of compensation was just a small step towards correcting this and sensitising the police force.

The government needs no particular legal basis for paying compensation to citizens who have been unfortunate victims of wrongful arrest and torture in criminal cases, irrespective of the fact that the victim had a right to file a civil suit for compensation, he added.

The government needs no particular legal basis for paying compensation
to citizens who have been unfortunate victims of wrongful arrest and
torture in criminal cases, irrespective of the fact that the victim
had a right to file a civil suit for compensation, This a very good
Judgement for the society.Wherever wrongful confinements, arrests are
there the Government should pay compensations irrespective of cast,
creed and Religion.
In some cases police don't file charge sheets and allow the culprit to
escape, accountability must be fixed on the police for not registering
the complaints and allowed to esacape the clutches of law etc. etc.
As there no fear of law, the crimes are increasing day by day.

from:  Suresh D.R
Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 at 08:12 IST

This is a good step. Police high-handedness is corrosive to police-public relations.

from:  Bajrang Shresht Modi
Posted on: Nov 7, 2013 at 22:01 IST

While it is commendable that KSHRC has awarded compensation to three Malleshwaram blast accused who were subsequently found not guilty,it is a common knowledge that thousands of innocents are jailed by the police on mere suspicion,it is a moot point whether KSHRC will award similar compensation to all such people,& this is not an isolated case

from:  Hemanth D Pai
Posted on: Nov 6, 2013 at 04:50 IST
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