A 30-year-old man arrested for theft is now at a government primary health centre in Rohtas for injuries allegedly suffered in police custody.
Munni Kahar’s brother Chunnu Kahar said Munni was taken into custody on the night of January 20 from his house under the jurisdiction of the Nokha police station in Rohtas district on the charge of committing a theft. He was allegedly tortured in police custody and suffered serious injuries to his private parts.
Chunnu, a resident of ward No. 5 at Nokha, said Munni fell unconscious after the police excess and was admitted to hospital the same night. “He remained unconscious for almost two days in police custody and returned to his senses only today,” he said over phone.
He said Munni was subjected to third degree torture in police custody. Petrol was poured into his private parts. Injuries he suffered in his legs bear testimony to that, Chunnu said.
Dr Ajay Kumar Singh said Munni’s body bore multiple injuries at the time of admission. “He is responding to treatment and we hope to release him soon,” he said. He described Munni’s condition as stable but refused to elaborate on the injuries.
Assistant sub-inspector of police at Nokha police station B.P. Dubey said Munni was normal at the time of his arrest. Dubey had accompanied the Bikramganj police gone to apprehend Munni.
Bikramganj police station house officer Jitendra Kumar denied police excesses but said Munni was rushed to hospital after his condition deteriorated at night. The victim’s mother, Pija Devi, claimed her son was healthy during arrest. “He was tortured in police lock-up, which made him unconscious. Apprehending trouble, he was sent to the PHC,” she said.
Bikramganj sub-divisional police officer A.K. Das said the victim suffered injuries while trying to escape from police custody. “We have informed the court.” he said.
“We are sending a complaint to the state human rights commission,” the victim’s father, Ram Ashram Kahar, said. State human rights commission data said 6,912 of 19,488 complaints it received between 2008 and 2013 were related to police or security forces. “Nearly 40-50 per cent of complaints related to police were not of serious nature,” BSHRC acting chairman Neelmani said.