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NHRC says all custodial deaths must be probed

Jan 14, 2021 09:53 IST

The National Human Rights Commission has revoked a 2010 order which limited the scope of enquiry into custodial deaths to only those cases where there was reasonable suspicion of foul play or well-founded allegations of an offence. The Hindustan Times has reported that the human rights body has issued a revised order mandating enquiry into all cases of custodial deaths. Section 176 (1A) was inserted in the statute in 2005, mandating an enquiry by judicial magistrate or metropolitan magistrate in cases of death, rapes and disappearances in custody.