Hoshiarpur custodial death: High court awards Rs 3 lakh interim relief to victim’s mother
Jaswinder Singh was lodged in the district jail in connection with an FIR registered in October 2015 for offences under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.He died on December 27, 2015.Updated: May 21, 2017 10:37 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
The Punjab and Haryana high court has awarded Rs 3 lakh interim compensation to a Hoshiarpur woman whose son reportedly died the Hoshiarpur jail.
The high court bench of justice MMS Bedi acted on the petition of Rani, who had approached high court seeking probe into the death of her 27-year-old son, Jaswinder Singh. She had also sought action against erring officials and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh.
Her son was lodged in the district jail in connection with an FIR registered in October 2015 for offences under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.He died on December 27, 2015.
A police official came to petitioner’s house and forced the petitioner’s husband to give a statement that no one was responsible for their son’s death. As per the record, post-mortem had revealed that her son died due to Hepatitis C.
“He (her son) was at least entitled to medical facilities during his custody. There is apparently a breach of obligation for which the state is liable under the principle of strict liability of sort,” the HC bench said asking the government to award interim compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the victim’s mother within a month.
First Published: May 21, 2017 10:37 IST