27 January, 2021

From Torture To The Mortuary

Harrowing tales of human rights violations emanate from the state's jails as the death-in-custody toll mounts

From Torture To The Mortuary

HOURS after being picked up from a crossing at Nimta in north 24-Parganas in an inebriated condition, 35-year-old Shyamal Das was found dead in custody at the local thana on September 14. A few days later, 20-year-old Vinod Singh escaped with his life from a Howrah lockup but was brutally tortured—his genitals were lacerated—during interrogation. These are but two instances of the growing human rights violations in custody and what makes it worse is the laconic response of the ruling Left Front.

The police also tried to tie the death to a mental condition—"Shyamal was prone to violence." But according to local MLA Lakshmi Biswas, Shyamal only had a drinking problem: "He drank occasionally and his family admits this too. But there was never any allegation against him for triggering violence and the police are clearly concocting a tale". Shyamal, one of four brothers and four sisters, worked for a Bowbazar firm. Irked with the callous administration, his mother, Shantibala Devi, requested Congress president Somen...



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