Delhi court orders probe into the ghastly incident of fire-stamping on a Muslim prisoner’s back


New Delhi – The Delhi court on Wednesday ordered the immediate enquiry into the ghastly incident of fire-stamping on the back of a Muslim under-trial prisoner with Hindu-symbol ॐ by a jail superintendent of Tihar Central Jail on April 12.

The under-trial Muslim prisoner identified as Nabbir informed his family members who later informed his lawyer about the gruesome incident. Nabbir’s lawyer filed the application on Tuesday after meeting him in the jail.

Journalist Utkarsh Anand, who is legal editor of CNNnews18, shared the photo of the victim and a copy of the court order on his Twitter handle Friday evening.

“The accused has been subjected to cruelty and inhuman treatment in jail by the jail superintendent Rajesh Chauhan. It is alleged that on 12.04.2019, Jail Superintendent had burn imprinted symbol ‘Om’ on the back of accused and has also deprived him from food for two days…” reads the court order.

“The allegations raised by accused are of serious nature and required immediate intervention. In view of same, notice is being issued to DGP, Prisoner, Head Quarter, Tihar Jail No. 4, New Delhi to get the medical examination of accused Nabbir conducted with immediate effect and also to make enquiry report regarding the burn imprinted ‘Om’ mark on the person of the accused. Necessary CCTV footage be collected and statement of other inmates be also taken in this regard,” the court ordered.

“It is further directed that necessary arrangements be made to ensure the safety of accused in jail and he be immediately removed from the direct or indirect supervision of jail superintendent Rajesh Chauhan. Let the report be filed by 18.04.2019,” said the court.

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