Karnataka

Protest against prison officials after undertrial’s death

The former Minister S.K. Kanta and members of various organisations protesting outside the mortuary at District Government General Hospital in Kalaburagi on Friday.— Photo: by Special arrangement

The former Minister S.K. Kanta and members of various organisations protesting outside the mortuary at District Government General Hospital in Kalaburagi on Friday.— Photo: by Special arrangement  

Family alleges police atrocity; demands compensation

Tension prevailed on the premises of the District Government General Hospital Mortuary here on Friday after residents of Sedam town and the family members of an undertrial who died in the Kalaburagi Central Prison on Thursday staged a protest seeking action against the prison authorities.

The death of Tanveer Patel, 45, a daily wage labour from Sedam, allegedly under mysterious circumstances with injury marks on his body, sparked off the protest.

Saira Banu, wife of the victim, with her children Mohammed Rauf, Salman and Afsara, along with Sedam residents, protested for more than a hour outside the mortuary against police atrocity, which they alleged had been the cause of the death.

The family members and a few organisations demanded the suspension of M. Sunder, Superintendent of Kalaburagi Central Prison.

They also demanded employment for victim’s elder son Mohammad Rauf, along with a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh.

The former Minister S.K. Kanta and members of organisations including Itehad-e-Milat Association, Muslim Welfare Association, and Lorry Drivers Association demanded that an inquiry be held on the prison authorities.

Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal and Superintendent of Police Amit Singh also visited the mortuary. Mr. Bansal promised that stringent action would be taken against those involved in the death of Tanveer.

B. Sowbhagya, Additional Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate First Class, Kalaburagi, conducted the inquest with a team of medical officers.

Tanveer, a daily wage labour, was arrested on May 19 from Sedam town and produced before the District Magistrate and taken in custody on the charge of cheating.

Speaking to The Hindu on phone, Mr. Sunder said that there was no protest by the inmates in the prison. The allegations by the victim’s family were false and baseless, he added.

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