PVCHR complaint to NHRC

National Human Rights Commission  New Delhi, India

Case Details of File Number: 518/33/3/2011
Diary Number 27030
Name of the Complainant DR. MOHANLAL PANDA, ADVISOR
Name of the Victim SONI SODI
Place of Incident DANTEWADA
Date of Incident 10/4/2011
Direction issued by the Commission The Commission took Suo-Motu cognizance on 11.10.2011 in a press report in which it was stated that an arrested woman Soni Sori has been brutally tortured in the custody of Chhattisgarh Police which resulted several severe head injuries. It was also reported that her nephew Lingaram Kodopi, aged 25 years, has also been arrested by the Chhattisgarh police on charges of facilitating protection money for Maoists from Essar Steel. The victim Soni Sori has apprehended threat to her life alleging that the State Police had tried to kill her in an encounter on 11.09.2011. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission a report dated 12.10.2011 from Supdt. of Police, District South Bastar Dantewada was received which revealed that two accused B. K. Lala and Linga Kodopi were trapped by the police team on 09.09.2011 who disclosed that they were handing over an amount Rs. 15 Lakhs to Naxalites Vinod and Raghu through a lady named Soni Sori at Palnar market on behalf of M/s Essar Company. It is further stated that the accused Linga Kodopi disclosed that he along with Soni Sori had acted as middlemen in the payment of money to Naxalites on earlier many occasions. Accordingly, the cash and vehicle involved in the matter were seized case No. 26/2011 u/s 121/124 A, 120 B IPC, 39 (1), 40 UPA Act and 8 (2, 3) Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act was registered at Kua Konda Police Station and the accused were arrested. However, Soni Sori was absconding, but was arrested on 04.10.2011 in Delhi with the help of the Delhi Crime Branch Police. The Commission received 37 other complaints regarding the alleged torture of Soni Sori in police custody, and all the cases have been tagged together. It also received a DO letter dated 10.05.2012 from Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo, Minister of Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj, Government of India forwarding a letter given by Dr. T. N. Seema, Member of Parliament regarding the custodial torture of Ms. Soni Sori, a tribal teacher from Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. The letter enclosed a copy of the judgement of the Supreme Court of India dated 02.05.2011 in Criminal Miscellaneous Petition No. 1104, 4981 and 8976 of Year 2012 in the Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 206 of Year 2011 filed by the victim Soni Sori regarding brutality during her custody. In reference to this matter, the Commission obtained the record of proceedings of the Supreme Court of India in Writ Petition No. 206 of 2011 dated 02.12.2011, Criminal Miscellaneous Petition No. 1104 of 2012 dated 19.01.2012, Writ Petition (CRL.) 206 of 2011 dated 30.04.2012 and Criminal Miscellaneous Petition No. 12555 of 2012 in Writ Petition (CRL.) No. 206 of 2011 dated 21.05.2012 from the website ‘courtnic.in/supremecourt/temp/wr 20611p.txt’. The Criminal Miscellaneous Petition No. 12555 of 2012 in Writ Petition (CRL.) No. 206 of 2011 dated 21.05.2012 states that “Mr. Atul Jha, learned counsel for the respondent state submits that the matter has already been sorted out by the parties amicably and the writ petition has become infructuous. Hence, the writ petition stands dismissed as having become infructuous. Accordingly, the Crl. M.P. also stands disposed of.” The Commission has considered the material placed on record and observes that the allegations levelled vide Writ Petition (CRL.) No. 206 of 2011 appear to be disposed of vide Order dated 21.05.2012. Before proceeding further in this matter, let a copy of these proceedings be sent to the victim Ms. Soni Sori w/o Shri Anil Bhutani r/o Village Sameli Police Station Kuan Konda, District Dantewada, Chhattisgarh through registered post for her comments, if any, within six weeks. A copy of these proceedings also be sent to Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo, Minister of Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj, Government of India for information.
Action Taken Additional Information Called for (Dated 6/21/2012 )
Status on 4/10/2013 Response from concerned authority is awaited.

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