Journalist death: NHRC orders Andhra Pradesh DGP for fresh probe
New Delhi: Rejecting police investigation report submitted by Cyberabad police commissioner on suspicious death of a Journalist in Hyderabad last year, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered fresh probe to the case.
27-year-old Sabyasachi Pattnaik, a native of Siddeshwar in Ganjam district of Odsha, was found dead in a suspicious condition on February 11 last year in a rented accommodation at Dwarakamayi Nagar in Vanasthalipuram, Hyderabad. He was working as a news reader in a private news channel at Hyderabad. But Cyberabad police had tried to close the case terming it as suicide case.
But Odisha based Human Rights Activist and Managing trustee of ‘India Media Centre’, Mr. Akhand had filed a petition before NHRC for an independent inquiry. After the direction of the commission on September 27, the commissioner of police, Cyberabad has submitted an investigation report. In this report police said that “Subyasachi Pattnaik was sensitive in nature, and in a fit of mental depression, after the death of his father due to pressure of a work at a new place, he seems to have committed suicide by hanging.”
The Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad has refuted the allegations of inaction on the part of the police.
The complainant Mr. Akhand on behalf India Media Centre, in his comments has reiterated his allegations and alleged that the police has not recorded the statement of the family members of the deceased and has sought intervention for independent inquiry.
After hearing the both side arguments NHRC has ordered DGP, Government of Andhra Pradesh to consider the complainant's comments, have a fresh inquiry conducted by an officer of some other district and submit a further report within four weeks.
The petitioner has prayed before the commission to book the guilty people who had forced to Sabyasachi to die and a compensation of Rupees 10 lakhs to victim family and half of the compensation should be given by the employer.