Muslim man’s custodial death: SC dismisses Tripura govt’s plea, orders ₹10 lakh compensation for family ( Muslim Mirror)

Supreme Court has dismissed a special leave petition (SLP) filed by Tripura government against the Tripura HC judgment in connection with a Muslim man’s death in judicial custody.

Accusing the state government of murdering a 27-year-old Muslim man Jamal Hossain inside the police station, the Supreme Court on 21 October directed the government to pay compensation of Rs. 10,000,000 to the deceased’s family.

Hossain was beaten to death by the cops in Sonamura police station on 14 September 2021. The police officers have been claiming that Hossain was died due to heart attack.

Following the Hossain’s death, the wife, mother and minor children of the deceased filed a writ petition in the Tripura High Court seeking justice for Hussain and demanding compensation. The division bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mehanthi and Justice SG Chattopadhyay in its judgment delivered on 12 June this year unequivocally said that the death of Jamal Hussain was a result of violence and the state government cannot avoid the responsibility of his murder in any way.

“In these highly suspicious facts and circumstances of the case custodial violence on the deceased, as alleged, cannot be brushed aside. Having said so, we are of the view that it would not be inappropriate to award a reasonable amount of monetary compensation to the petitioners for the death of Jamal Hossain in police lockup,” the High Court had remarked.

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