NHRC to take up the case of illegal detention of Chakma boy at Itanagar public hearing

The National Human Rights Commission will take up the 2012 case of illegal detention of a minor Chakma boy during its upcoming open hearing scheduled to be held at Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre, Indra Gandhi Park, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on 25 May.

The Commission on Tuesday directed the concerned State officials to remain present during the public hearing with respect to the case.

The case pertains to the prolong illegal detention of a 16-year-old at Diyun police station for almost one month without producing before a juvenile justice board in 2012. The police went to a village and arbitrarily picked up the victim along with others on mere suspicion in connection with a petty case. The minor was not even shifted to a juvenile home but continued to be detained in the police station lock up, where he was forced to share space with hardcore criminals lodged at the police station lock-up.

Ruling that it is a case of violation of human rights of the boy, it recommended the Arunachal government to pay Rs. 50,000 as compensation and submit the proof of payment. However, the State failed to comply with the order.

Last month, annoyed with the non-compliance, the rights body issued a final reminder to the state to submit the report and warned to take coercive action in case of non-compliance.

Two police officials were found guilty in the case and a joint departmental enquiry was ordered against them after the complaint was filed before the Commission by New Delhi based, Asian Centre for Human Rights.

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