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GHRC pulls up govt over violation of prisoners’ rights

PANAJI: Taking the issue of violation of prisoners’ rights seriously, the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) pulled up the state government, and asked it to appear before it with the detailed report on the Colvale jail incident on November 13.

Some jail officials were suspended in connection with the brutal assault on over 50 undertrial  Colvale jail inmates.

A probe by the GHRC has concluded that the jail officials flouted rules by mercilessly beating up the jail inmates.

“Prison manual rules regarding rights of prisoners were violated by jail authorities at the central jail while dealing with them,” sources, said after perusing the internal investigation report.

Acting on the information received from the NDPS Court,  Mapusa on October 12, the Commission had asked the investigation cell attached to the GHRC to conduct an inquiry and thereafter based on the investigation report, on Friday it issued notices to Chief Secretary, and Inspector General of Prisons asking them to submit reports in this regard within two weeks.

As per jail manual, officers cannot use sword, bayonet, firearm or any other weapon on any prisoner, unless there is a life threat to the officer or fear of jail outbreak plotted by the prisoners.

According to sources, the investigation has revealed that undertrial prisoners of Sada jail at the time of shifting to central jail were tortured.

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