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Devika Prasad

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    ...The recent escape of eight SIMI members from Bhopal Central Jail, and their subsequent deaths at the hands of local police, raise stark issues relating to persons in custody. These include the lack of access to a lawyer which could make the difference between life and death for someone in custody. Take the cases of eight men in different states who died in police custody recently — Balwant Singh, Satish Nogre, Bhuri Singh, Karthik, Rafi ul Hasan, Minhaj Ansari, Pravin Inderjeet and Rafiq Shaikh. Their fates were bound by one thread; all died in mysterious circumstances in the last seven weeks. Accounts show they were all victims of torture. It is a matter of deep concern that torture at police hands could be the cause of these and other deaths. We should be outraged, and so should the police leadership, that this is happening on their watch. As per procedure, inquiries will be conducted to identify the cause of and circumstances around these deaths. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 15, 2016, 12:04 a.m.