Bhubaneswar: In a petition pertaining to alleged illegal detention of an elderly man Purna Chandra Pattnaik by Aska Police in Ganjam district, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has awarded a compensation of Rs 2 lakh.
In an order passed by the Commission of November 11, 2020, Chairperson Justice Bimala Prasad Das and Member Asim Amitabh Dash have stated that the compensation should be recovered from the then Sub-Inspector of Aska police, Rajib Behera’s salary. Behera is working as an Inspector with the Odisha Vigilance’s at Berhampur.
The matter relates to a case of May 2013 when Pattnaik’s house was searched by the police reportedly after dusk and then he was picked and brought to the police station. This was done in connection with a police case in which his wife Minakshi Pattnaik was named.
At that particular time, Minakshi was not at home. She had moved the OHRC in this matter, and filed a petition on May 22, 2013 before the Commission.
The OHRC observed that since the man was not involved in any case there was no reason in bringing an old man to the police station. “The police detained him illegally till 10 am, the next morning, which is a clear violation of Human Rights,” the order stated.
The Commission also took a dig at the version of the then Inspector-in-Charge (IIC) of Aska, Bichitrananda Samal that he had no knowledge of the incident, is not believable. “He (Samal) was present in the police station during the period of detention as per the Station Diary entry,” the Commission stated.
The OHRC has cautioned Samal, presently posted as DSP, Special Branch, “not to filed statement before the Commission or any other authority which is against the material available on record.”
In the same order, the Commission has asked the DG Police to issue a circular to all police stations to keep their CCTV cameras functional. “The DGP may consider to take any other action as deem fit and proper,” the OHRC’s order added.
The Home Department and DGP have been asked to comply with the order within two months and submit the report of compliance before the Commission by January 29, 2021.