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Notice issued in torture case

Jorhat, May 24: The National Human Rights Commission, taking suo moto cognisance of reports in the media regarding the custodial torture of Sidhartha Kaushik Dutta in Jorhat police lock-up, issued a notice to Assam DGP Khagen Sharma today.

Dutta, who was arrested on April 16, is being treated at AMCH, Dibrugarh after doctors of JMCH referred him for treatment there.

On May 21, the court of additional chief judicial magistrate here, based on a petition filed by Dutta’s mother that he had allegedly been “tortured mercilessly”, had sought all of Dutta’s police and medical reports to be submitted by the police on May 23. The police submitted the reports yesterday.

Dutta is said to be suffering from kidney and liver failure.

According to the petitioner, police from Pulibor police station arrested Dutta on April 16 for not being able to return money that he had borrowed.

As he was remanded to three days in police custody, he was in police lock-up at Jorhat police station where he was allegedly tortured on April 19.

As the court had no knowledge of his medical condition, the court sent him to Jorhat Central Jail on April 22.


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