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Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, is asked to direct his officers to forward to the Commission all available information in the first instance in future

Achievement, Anti Torture Initiative

Case Details of File Number: 40809/24/19/2011

Diary Number 145153
Name of the Complainant DR. LENIN, GENERAL SECRETARY
Place of Incident NAUBATPUR
Date of Incident 9/26/2011
Direction issued by the Commission These proceedings are in continuation of the earlier proceedings of the Commission on the death of truck driver the late Shri Anant Kumar Gupta, who was allegedly beaten to death by four Constables and an RTO employee after he refused to pay the demanded bribe of Rs.5,000/-. Initially FIR No. Nil/11 U/S 304 IPC and Section 13 (1) D of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered on the incident at Police Station Sayyed Raja. However, the place of occurrence being in the jurisdiction of Police Station Alinagar, the case was transferred there and FIR No. 318/11 was registered. A chargesheet has already been filed against all the accused persons except two accused, who were absconding. Considering these facts, the Commission, through its proceedings dat 16.04.2012, ordered issuance of a notice U/S 18 (a) (i) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, to the Government of Uttar Pradesh. The show cause notice has been responded to by the Principal Secretary to the Government of Uttar Pradesh, Transport Department, vide his letter dated 30.07.2012. He says that a compensation of Rs.50,000/- has already been paid to the next of kin of the deceased in compliance of an order dated 27.09.2011 passed by the Uttar Pradesh State Human Rights Commission. This Commission took cognizance in the matter on 29.09.2011 on the basis of a news report carried by the English daily `Hindustan Times' of 27.09.2011. The State Government never informed the Commission earlier that the State Human Rights Commission had also taken cognizance in the matter prior to this Commission. Had the Commission been informed of this fact earlier, it would not have continued with this case. This lapse on the part of the officials of the State has resulted into wastage of a lot of time. Hence, the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, is asked to direct his officers to forward to the Commission all available information in the first instance in future. As the State Commission has already ordered compensation and the same has been paid to the next to kin of the deceased, this Commission need not pursue the matter any further and the case is closed. The criminal case filed shall be pursued in accordance with law. A copy of these proceedings be sent to the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, for information and necessary action. LINK CASE NO. : 40567/24/19/2011 43275/24/19/2011 46220/24/19/2011
Action Taken Concluded and No Further Action Required (Dated 12/17/2012 )
Status on 2/7/2013 The Case is Closed.

Note: For further details kindly contact National Human Rights Commission, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, PIN 110001 Tel.No. 23385368 Fax No. 23384863 E-Mail: covdnhrc@hub.nic.in

National Commission for Women issued notice in case of Sapana

Anti Torture Initiative

CSOs in India use the Right to Information Act for Accountability and Transparency

Anti Torture Initiative

The People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) - a human rights organisation based in Northern India fighting for the rights of marginalised people - is using the RTI ACT in a different way. As part of its EU-funded project 'Reducing police torture against Muslim minority at the grassroots level by engaging and strengthening human rights institutions in India', PVCHR is supporting victims of human rights violations in making RTI applications. The organisation is raising awareness about the RTI Act and showing people how they can use it for their benefit.

In 2012 alone, the organisation supported over 204 people in submitting RTI applications. The RTI applications are used, for example, to check if disciplinary action was taken against police personnel involved in torture, to ask for progress reports of investigations or to get the reasoning behind a decision (not) to provide compensation for cases of police violence. In many cases, the RTI applications have helped victims get ahead in their struggle for justice.


India: Threats to human rights defenders of PVCHR and Women Survivors in Varanasi

Anti Torture Initiative, Anti Violence Initiative, Campaign

Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) Secretary General / Executive Director Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi received a notice from police station of Catt in Varanasi on January 24, 2013 at around 2.30 pm on complain of perpetrator  Mr. Sunil Kumar Gupta on 16 January 2013,the day when the news were published after the press conference of survivor Mrs. Sapana Chaurasiya. But no action on complain on 3 December and 5 December 2012 about violence against woman, threat on December 16 and 20, 2012 by husband of Mrs. Sapana to Shruti Nagvanshi & Lenin Raghuvanshi respectively and again threat on Lenins’ mobile on 16 January 2013.


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