The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)has issued notices to SSP and District Jail Superintendent, Gorakhpur, based on a media report that a man lost his four fingers due to gangrene following the alleged custodial torture.
The report had further stated that his two feet might have to be amputated if the disease spread to other parts. Ashutosh Singh, resident of Kaushali village, amputated two fingers each of his hands owing to gangrene, a life-threatening condition occuring when body tissues die.
The NHRC argued that the incident, if proved true, was a serious breach of human rights violation and directed Gorakhpur to submit a report on the issue within four weeks.
Ashutosh, of Gorkhpur district, was arrested by the SHO of the Sahjanva police station, and allegedly subjected to severe custodial torture by the police. It was reported that he was sent to the District Jail, severely injured, and later shifted to the medical college where the doctors diagnosed him with gangrene.
On obtaining bail from the court, he was treated at the SPGI, Lucknow, the Safdarjung Hospital and AIIMS, New Delhi.