‘Torture’ of inmate: Govt orders probe

The state government on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the alleged torture of an undertrial prisoner, Bikram Mahato, at Dum Dum Central Correctional Home in Kolkata. "Anybody found responsible will be punished," said Minister for Correctional Administration Department, Shankar Chakraborty.

The prisoner's sister, Rupa, met the minister during the day and demanded a probe. She alleged that her 25-year-old brother had been stripped, handcuffed and severely beaten up by prison guards for protesting against bad food. Mahato, a resident of Icchapur in North 24-Parganas is facing trial for murder. A Kolkata daily first reported the matter with picture of the prisoner handcuffed and naked. "On February 14, my brother was supposed to be produced in the court but he was not produced. We checked with the police and heard he was ill. Now, we have got to know that he was tortured. We want justice for my brother and want the jailor, VK Singh, be transferred," she said.

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