The home department of Haryana has asked the director general of police (DGP) and all district magistrates (DMs) in the state to adhere to the guidelines issued by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for conducting magisterial inquiry in cases of death in custody or in course of police action.
A spokesperson of the home department said in a release on Wednesday that according to the guidelines, the inquiry in such cases should be conducted at the earliest without undue delay.
The inquiry magistrate would have to visit the place of occurrence to take a stock of the ground situation and make an attempt to identify natural witnesses, who were likely to have been present at the scene of crime, the spokesperson said.
Accordingly, a public notice would be issued through the vernacular newspapers to inform witnesses concerned with the inquiry. The inquiry magistrate should ensure that the information reached all concerned particularly the close relatives of the victim. A free and fair opportunity should be given to the relatives of the victim while recording their statements, the spokesperson added.