Custodial Death of Supriya Santra
SupriyaSantra, belonging to the Scheduled Caste community, was arrested on May 26, 2023, in connection with Barasat Police Station Case No-365/2023. His arrest and subsequent death raise serious concerns, especially given the circumstances surrounding her demise.

Supriya’s father and uncle went to Mohanpur police station to lodge a complaint about the disappearance of Supriya on 27.5.23 at 8am, the on-duty police persons did not receive the written complaint nor did they inform about the arrest of Supriya.

Uncle of deceased SupriyaSushilChSantra met Supriya at Dumdum Central Jail on 29.6.23. There was no complaint from the deceased. He was completely fit and alert both physically and mentally.

On 5.6.23 police of Mohanpur PS informed the deceased family that Supriya died due to illness at Dumdum Central Jail on 4.6.23. The victim family was never informed about the illness of the deceased by police or jail authorities.

The family of the deceased asserts that SupriyaSantra's death is a case of custodial death, and they have brought to the attention a critical violation of legal procedures. Despite the sensitive nature of this case, an inquest, under section 176 (A) of Cr.P.C. was not conducted by a judicial magistrate, which is a clear infringement of established legal protocols and a violation of fundamental human rights.

He died on 4th June 2023 at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital, but a post mortem examination was conducted on 6th June 2023. Why so late? Who is responsible for such an inhuman act? Is it not dereliction of duty of government employees?
Kirity Roy, Secretary, MASUM
& National Convenor, PACTI

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Vol 56, No. 25, Dec 17 - 23, 2023