SHRC Notice to Police Chief on Custodial Death

Case Transferred to Central Crime Station, ACP G Someswar Rao takes over probe

Published: 25th August 2015 04:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2015 04:20 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD:  Taking suo motu notice of alleged custodial death of a woman at Asifnagar police station, the State Human Rights Commission on Monday directed  Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahender Reddy, district collector and superintendent of Osmania General Hospital to submit a comprehensive report on the incident by September 11.

A day after the incident took place, the Hyderabad police commissioner issued orders transferring the case to Central Crime Station (CCS) for further investigation.

Hours after the case was transferred to the CCS police, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Anti Dacoity and Robbery (ADR) team, G Someswar Rao was appointed Investigation Officer (IO) by joint police commissioner, CCS, T Prabhakar Rao.

The IO, who is yet to obtain the case files, visited Asifnagar police station on Monday, interacted with the staff and collected details.

Sources told Express that the policemen failed to shift the victim, Padma to the hospital in time after she collapsed during the course of interrogation. Soon after Padma collapsed, an SI, who was part of interrogation team, reportedly remarked before his colleagues that Padma was enacting a drama by falling on the ground to escape interrogation.

He directed two police constables to give more ‘treatment’ to her. However, another policeman alerted a police officer, after she lost her consciousness.

Based on that police officer’s directions,  Padma was shifted to a nearby private hospital where doctors noticed some injury marks on body and referred her to Osmania General Hospital.

It may be recalled that 35-year-old Padma, a resident of Ayodhyanagar died in police station during ‘interrogation’ on Sunday in connection with a theft case.


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