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January 20, 2019

In an alleged case of police harassment, the Tripura High Court has questioned the police administration as to why an FIR had not been registered against four police officers in Tripura after them being accused of beating up and harassing a youth causing him to end his life.

The incident took place on December 20 last year when 23-yr-old Pritam Debbarma was allegedly forced to end his life after he was beaten up and harassed in Baijolbari police station in Khowai.

Pritam, son of Nirad Debbarma is a resident of Baijolbari located at Sonarai Bari area. He was arrested by the police from his residence at Baijol area on accusations of taking drugs along with his friends at home in the absence of his parents.

The police allegedly arrested him without any prior notice and locked him up. When in police custody, Ptitam’s family members said that he was brutally beaten, harassed and abused from around 4 pm till 9 pm and was returned home injured at 9 pm.

Later his body was found hanging from the roof of his room.

Deceased Pritam’s uncle Sudhir Debbarma had gone to lodge an FIR against the police officials including Baijol outpost for harassing and torturing Pritam. But nothing was done in this regard.

This led the deceased’s family members moving the Tripura High Court wherein they filed a writ petition for speedy review of the case.

The High Court in a hearing led by Justice Arindham Lodh yesterday questioned the police administration on the case and asked why was the FIR not filed against the 4 police officials. He also instructed the administration to do the needful.

The four accused police officers are OC- Sukanta Debbarma, SI- Subir Debbarma, Head constable Shyamal Debbarma and Constable Nilkamal Debbarma.

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