KARNATAKA

Rights panel seeks report on detention

Staff Reporter

‘Police pick up slum-dwellers at random’



Money was demanded from the detainees

No records kept at the police station



BANGALORE: The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has sought a report from the city police on the alleged illegal detention of six persons by the R.T. Nagar police, after a team of the commission found the detainees being kept at the police station without any record on Thursday.

A team of SHRC led by Inspector-General of Police Bipin Gopalakrishna visited the police station following a complaint by residents of Pulakeshi slum near Fraser Town. The residents said since a month the police had been picking up people without offering any reason and releasing them after collecting money.

On Thursday morning, the police went to several huts in the slum and picked up people. “Police forcibly entered our hut around 3 a.m. and took my husband away,” said Jeeva, wife of Gopi, who was one of the six detainees. Among others who were taken away were daily wage earners Ambu, Pushparaj and Velu.

The residents approached South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), who filed a complaint with the SHRC. As the detainees were produced before the SHRC team, Velu was found limping. “He seems to have been beaten. This is not the way of questioning suspects,” Mr. Gopalakrishna told police inspector B.P. Prasad.

He said: “Rules do not permit you to act in this manner. You cannot take away a person and confine him without giving reasons. Henceforth strict action will be taken for such violations of human rights.”

Prakash Kariyappa of SICHREM alleged that R.T. Nagar police were moving with Veera, an accused in a burglary case, and picking up people whom he pointed out. “The police have not been mentioning this in their case diary. The suspects are released after paying Rs. 20,000,” he alleged.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Syed Ulfat Hussain said the detainees were brought to the police station in connection with a burglary case reported from Fraser Town Police Station limits. “They are suspected to have received the jewellery stolen from the shop.” Mr. Hussain said an inquiry would be initiated into the allegation.

The SHRC collected statements of the persons under illegal detention and the police. It sought a report from the Assistant Commissioner of Police (J.C. Nagar Sub-Division).

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