Panel to look into cases of custodial deaths

Jaipur: The repeated cases of custodial deaths have become a thorn in the flesh for the Rajasthan Police as well as for the government. With the recent death of an RTI activist at Pachpadra police station, the toll of such deaths has reached to five in the past few months. To combat the cases of deaths in police custody, the Police Headquarters had formed a committee under an ADG-level officer which will investigate the deaths. The committee will be submitting report to DGP Bhupendra Singh Yadav and the government along with its suggestions on how these deaths can be controlled.

Though, there had been action taken in this regard in the past; for instance, after the death of RTI activist, the entire police station was sent to lines, however, there was no strict action taken from the department’s side.

The activist’s death has certainly put a question mark on the state police as well as the government. The state Home Ministry has asked for a report in this matter from Police Headquarters. Apart from custodial deaths, the committee will be also looking into cases of torture in police custody along with the cases such as the recent suicide at the Vaishali Nagar police station.

CM Ashok Gehlot has already given instructions to make police stations public-friendly; for the same, Swagat Kakshs are being built in every police station.

Police station being monitored: On custodial deaths, ADG Crime BL Soni said, “Entire PHQ is serious on these deaths and accused police officials are being punished. In all past matters of custodial deaths, necessary action has been taken against guilty police officers. In the recent death of RTI activist, an ADG-level officer was sent to Barmer to investigate and submit the report. Every police station is being closely monitored.”