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Assam: NHRC seeks ATR in custodial death of a tribal

New Delhi, 29 August 2022: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action taken report (ATR) from the Superintendent of Police, Sibsagar district regarding the custodial death of a Naga tribal identified as E Henveih Phom (35 years) due to alleged torture by police at Gelekey police station in Sivasagar district of Assam on 21 August 2022. The ATR is to be submitted in four weeks as per the directions of the NHRC.

“On 25 August, Indigenous Lawyers Association of India (ILAI) filed a complaint and considering the seriousness of the case, the NHRC intervened into the matter (Case No. 301/3/15/2022-AD).”  – stated Mr Tejang Chakma, Programmes Coordinator of the ILAI.

The deceased E Henveih Phom was a resident of Anaki-C village under Mokokchung district of Nagaland. He was arrested along with a woman on 16 August 2022 by the Assam Police while they were travelling to Gelekey, Assam.

Following his arrest, E Henveih Phom was sent to judicial custody. However, he died under suspicious circumstances five days later.

The deceased’s family members alleged that the deceased was subjected to torture during police