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Bihar State Human Rights Commission on Tuesday directed the government to initiate proceedings against two police officers of Madhubani district for providing wrong information in a case.

The officers in question are Shiv Pujan Singh, the then sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Jainagar and Sanjay Kumar, the then station house officer (SHO), Jainagar.

The commissionís chairman Neelmani directed the government to initiate proceedings against the officials for giving wrong information related to the arrest and subsequent handing over of a citizen of Nepal to the police of the neighbouring nation.

The citizen, Ram Narayan Mahto alias Manager Mahto, was killed the next day of his arrest and handing over to the Nepal police.

The commission passed the direction on a petition filed by Premlal Mahto, the brother of the deceased and resident of Sirha district of Nepal. The petitioner alleged Sanjay Kumar arrested Ram Narayan Mahto from a teashop in Jainagar on July 18, 2009 along with his motorcycle and handed him over to the Nepal police illegally.

Mahto said his brother was killed in an encounter in Kapara police station of Sirha district in Nepal the very next day he was handed over to the Nepal cops.

The petitioner claimed that his brother, who was the national president of Madhesh Rashtra Jantantrik Party (Nepal), was arrested by the Jainagar police after getting handsome pay off from their Nepal counterpart.

In its order, the commission also directed the state government to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation to the family of the deceased within three months. The payment would be made through the superintendent of police, Madhubani.

It, however, made it clear to the government to recover the compensation amount from Sanjay Kumar.

The commission also made it clear that it cannot express an opinion with regard to the genuineness of the alleged handing over and killing in a police encounter.

The commission said the direction to initiate department proceedings against Jainagar sub-divisional police officer has been ordered for submitting incorrect inquiry report against station house officer Sanjay Kumar.

According to the Darbhanga inspector-generalís report the initial inquiry into the allegations were conducted by the then sub-divisional police officer Shiv Pujan Singh who exonerated Sanjay Kumar.

According to the inspector-generalís report initial inquiry into the allegations were conducted by the then Shiv Pujan Singh, who in his report exonerated station house officer Sanjay Kumar.

Stating that the report of the inspector-general negated Sanjay Kumarís defence, Neelmani, in his order, said there is a possible interpolation by the station house officer to save his skin.


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