NHRC notice to Delhi police over vendor’s death

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notice to the Delhi Police over the death of a vendor in police custody.

According to the commission, vendor Sompal was arrested and taken to the Adarsh Nagar police station where, during questioning, he was allegedly thrashed by three constables.

“A few hours later, the blood-soaked body of Sompal was lying in the courtyard outside the police station, as he jumped from the terrace of the police station,” said the NHRC statement.

The commission has observed that the allegation of a death in police custody is a matter of concern for it.

The NHRC also noted that six police personnel have been placed under suspension and booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They included the Station House Officer (SHO), who allegedly tried to hush up the incident by dumping the vendor’s body at another spot.

A probe by Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) has been initiated.

Sompal’s family members have alleged that he was beaten up in the custody by three constables, following which he tried to escape. They think that policemen threw him down from the terrace.

Besides asking for a detailed report within six weeks, the commission has asked the Delhi Police to submit all relevant documents, such as the post-mortem examination and inquest reports of the victim.