Clip_24The phenomenon of widespread torture by policeClip_25 leading to deaths including deaths in custody and other similar human rights violations in the Indian State of Meghalaya is on the rise.

Ordinary people are often helpless in the hands of such criminalized policing in the state.

Police personnel are often being instructed by their seniors to engage in inhumane methods of torture even to the extent of causing death and this causes stress in them and they are forced to manipulation of evidence, forgery to cover the truth.

Such trend can be observed in three different FIR copies in the case of Mr. Fullmoon Dhar who was killed in an fake encounter at Jaintia Hills in 2009 where the General Diary Entries numbers in all 3 FIR’s filed by police are different from the FIR copies provided by the State Government to the Jail Break Inquiry Commission, headed by retired High Court judge SP Rajkhowa.

These arbitrary arrests on suspicion leading to torture, maiming, and death of people who are unlawfully detained or picked up in the state is deplorable.

One of the prime principles of criminal justice that holds an individual innocent till proved guilty is hardly followed by police personnel.

Police plays the role of judge and jury for any person accused of a crime without giving any right to defend themselves. Police cannot have the right to pronounce punishments as it is not their duty.

To collect evidence, police uses force and methods of torture while it ignores complaints based on information obtained under right to information applications as it proves widespread corruption. Also in the name of investigation, police uses verbal and nonverbal threats and torture for confessions for crimes they never committed.

Police also threatens to harass by piling more cases on those who complain as observed in many cases.

In the case of recent custodial death of Mr. Balsan Marak, a 18 years old youth in Tura on May 20, he was arrested and was taken for medical examination on 12 May 2014. However, police claims that he was arrested on 13 May.

Again on May 28, another person Mr. Witson M Sangma died in police custody at Chokpot of South Garo Hills and police claims that he died of hyper tension. Given the recent trend of custodial deaths in the state, it can be concluded that this claim is to cover up the evidences and to get away with murder. It is also been observed that there strong collusion between doctors and the police for providing manipulated medical reports to hide torture.

So much for the Indian democracy, rule of law and upholding of human rights in India.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Agnes Kharshiing
Phone: +919436118164

Civil Society Women’s Organisation
29 May 2014
Shillong, Meghalaya