Mangalore, June 08: Speaking to press reporters in the press meet held at the press club on June 8, Saturday yuvaraj Jain, general secretary, human rights and anti- harassment organization has demanded a thorough probe into the death of under trial Naveen poojary, aged 43, in the Mangalore prison, who was arrested by the police in May for loitering in Thokkottu in inebriated state.
Jain alleged that as Naveen was suffering from high fever, he was taken to Wenlock hospital for treatment on June 1st and the blood test was done on June 2nd. On the basis of his blood test report, which shown negative, he was taken to court on June 3rd and subsequently his judicial custody period has been extended.
Again on the same night at 12.30 am, he developed high fever and was rushed him to Wenlock hospital but doctor declared him dead, Jain added.
Jain, in his scathing attack on police said that they did not even bother to intimate either Naveen’s ailing parents or any other family members about his death in custody and family members came to know through the media only.
He said Naveen’s family had approached his organization seeking justice. He also deplored the failure of the local elected representatives as well as ministers from the district for not meeting the bereaved family and also for not announcing compensation.
Naveen’s sister Kusuma said that they have submitted memoranda to IGP Western Range Prathap Reddy and Home Minister K J George seeking a thorough probe into the case of Naveen’s death.
Thahir Samar, Harish Shetty and Abhinandan Ballal of Human Rights organization were present.
Photo source: Sathish Kapikad