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PUDR on the custodial death of Pudiyami Mada in Bastar

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights
17 January 2012

The custodial killing of an adivasi in newly formed Sukhma District of
Chattisgarh is yet another reminder of the lawlessness which prevails in
Chattisgarhs Bastar region. Reportedly, Pudiyami Mada a 26 year old
adivasi died in Sukma Police Station on 13thJanuary. While the CRPF claims
that arrested him on 13th January and handed him over to the police the
very same day. The four arrested police personnel, who were suspended,
allege that Mada was arrested on 9th January by the CRPF brutally tortured
in the CRPF custody, by pouring petrol on his private parts and setting it
on fire, before he was handed over to them.

The crime of Puydiyami Mada was that he was accused of being a Maoist
commander by the police. Such accusation is all that is needed for
authorities to sanction custodial torture including one which culminates in
death. That this has happened in Chattisgarh, which is being monitored by
the Supreme Court for a number of instances of human rights abuses by the
security forces lends it a cruel twist. It goes on to suggest that where a
hyped up security-for development becomes the reigning deity security
forces acquire impunity and egregious violations, including of right to
life, become imminent.

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights has for long campaigned against
impunity provided to the armed forces personnel in areas where military
suppression is going on. Therefore, we demand a time bound judicial probe
in the incident to fix individual and institutional culpability.****

Paramjeet Singh
Preeti Chauhan