The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the Punjab government to book 30 officials on murder charges in connection with the death of an undertrial in Amritsar due to alleged torture in November 2013.
The direction came from the high court bench of justice Fateh Deep Singh on a petition filed by deceased’s mother.
Those who could be booked are two jail doctors, jail superintendent, jail warder, other jail staff of central jail, and a number of officials of Maqboolpura police station and a naib tehsildar, who failed to carry out the proper investigation at later stage.
The court also directed the government to give the victim’s family `15 lakh compensation. The amount should be recovered from the accused, it observed. The detailed order on the petition is awaited.
The victim, identified as Raju, was picked up on October 15, 2013, from his house in a drug case. On November 4, he was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, where he died two days later. The viscera samples were sent for examination after a year, when the matter reached the high court. The high court got the matter investigated by a district and sessions judge in September 2015, wherein it came to light that there were 22 injury marks on the body, said the petitioner’s counsel Anupam Bhardwaj.
After the body was handed over to the family on November 8, 2015, locals staged a protest. Raju’s mother had approached high court in December 2013 alleging cover-up by police.