News: Rights org wants probe into ST youth’s death

Puducherry, Jun 27 : Puducherry-based Federation for People’s Rights today demanded a judicial probe into the death of a youth belonging to a Scheduled Tribe in the Central Prison here two days ago.
Saravanan (31), of Tindivanam, was picked up by the Odeansaalai Police on suspicion and remanded in Judicial custody by a local court.

It was said Saravanan developed fits and fell down suffering head injury and was admitted to the Government General Hospital where he died later.

Federation Secretary G Sugumaran, in a statement today, said the claim of the jail authorities could not be accepted as he found blood clots in his mouth, ears and nose during post-mortem today and one of his teeth was found broken and scratches found all over his body.

Moreover, the police did not inform his relatives when he was taken into custody and told them only after his death.

Once in six months, a death under mysterious circumstances was occurring in the jail, he claimed, adding to bring out all the ‘hidden secrets’, an inquiry by a sitting judge should be ordered.

He also said the posts of a Deputy Superintendent of Prison, two jailors and 10 wardens were vacant for long and these should be filled up soon.

Meanwhile, the relatives of Saravanan resorted to a road blockade while the autopsy was on.

Police held talks with them and pacified them and later handed over the body.

Mr Sugumaran also said the memoranda would be sent to the National Human Rights Commission and the SC/ST Commission.

UNI / 27.06.2009.

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