Human Rights Commission notice to Delhi Police over Malayali boy’s death

Saturday, Jul 2, 2016,10:22 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Delhi Police over reports of delayed action in a case where a 14-year-old boy died under mysterious circumstances after a scuffle with two teenagers near his house in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar area.

The Commission has taken suo moto cognizance of media reports that the police delayed taking action in the incident involving the death of a 14-year old boy Rajat Menon. It said that the issue raises serious issues of violation of right to life and right to health in the wake of contraband substances being supplied by the local shops without any preventive and prohibitive action by police.

The deceased, Rajat Menon, a class IX student at a private school, had left home around 6 PM on June 29 and did not return. Later it emerged that he had a fight with two teenagers, both sons of a local paan shop owner, a senior police official had said. During investigation, the police came across a CCTV grab in which they could spot Rajat and two of his friends on a scooter. They were approached by two boys and one of them could be seen hitting Rajat twice. Rajat is then seen parking his scooter and going towards a park with two of his friends and the two others who hit him. In another CCTV grab which emerged later, police found the two teenagers rushing Rajat to a hospital, the official had said. Rajat, who is native of Palakkad, was found dead nearly 500 metres away from his apartment in phase 3 of Mayur Vihar.

However, there were no external injuries on his body. When locals raised an alarm, the two minors, with whom Rajat had a fight, rushed him to a hospital in a motorbike. Rajat was declared brought dead by doctors there but the cause of death is yet to be ascertained, the official had said.

Malayali families in the area allege that the local police have a nexus with the vendors there, and are helping the real culprits let off the hook.

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