The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) on Monday said lockups of police stations across the state were often in a bad state and they should be repaired within a period of three months.
The panel asked the government to sanction funds to get the lockups repaired from the budget. Due to poor maintenance, the inmates often found a way to commit suicide in lockups, and this needs to be checked, the rights commission said in its recommendations to the state government.
The panel recommended that if there is a case of suicide in a police station, then apart from police personnel who were on duty at that time, the police station in-charge, the sub-divisional officer of police, the additional superintendent of police and SP should also be held responsible.
Besides, inspector generals of police should inspect police stations to ensure no incident of suicides in police stations. It also recommended four extra policemen should be deployed in each police station as part of custody management.
These policemen should be apart from the sentries on duty. Besides, if the blankets are old, new blankets should be bought as in certain cases part of torn blankets have been used to make a knot and commit suicide by detainees.
Cost of installing CCTVs should be included in planning for new police stations, the commission suggested. Besides, the commission has recommended that MP Police Housing Corporation should design lockups to ensure the detainees don't get any chance to end their lives.
There should be research on fittings in toilet (taps et al) and electrical installations, the panel said. The MPHRC made the recommendation following the case of suicide by a detainee, Durgesh Katia, who had hanged himself to death in the police station in Tendukheda in Narsinghpur. During the course of probe, it was found that he made a rope from a torn blanket and used it to hang himself by the holder (bulb) on the wall.