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Pay Rs 1 lakh to custodial death victim’s kin: MSHRC to DGP


Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) today directed the state Director General of Police (DGP) to pay Rs one lakh to the family of 2012 custodial death case victim.

“The SHRC bench headed by Chairperson Justice S R Bannurmath today gave its recommendation to the DGP asking him to pay Rs one lakh to the victim’s family within six weeks,” said special CBI counsel B P Raju said. Raju said that the commission had taken suo-motu cognisance of the case after several newspapers published the reports.

The victim, Zulfar Shaikh, an accused in counterfeit currency case, had been arrested on November 29, 2012. However, he died in police custody three days later.

The case was initially being investigated by Mumbai police, but was later handed over to the state CID. In 2014, the Bombay High Court handed over the probe to the CBI after Zulfar’s cousin moved the court. Another accused, Inamul, who was arrested along with Zulfar told the police that the latter was hung by his hands and was beaten with a cricket bat.

Recently, the CBI had filed a charge sheet against assistant police inspector Irfan Shaikh and constable Chandrakant Shirkar of Dharavi police station before the magistrate’s court and charged them under culpable homicide not amounting to murder.