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Further information on UA 60/93 (ASA 20/11/93, 5 March) - India: torture: Manzoor Ahmed Ganai

, Index number: ASA 20/024/1993

Amnesty International has received confirmation that torture victim Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, a young farmer from Wakoora village, died on 15 February 1993 in the Bone and Joint Hospital Srinagar. Both his legs had to be amputated after developing gangrene as a result of prolonged torture during interrogation by the army' Bihar regiment.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 20/24/93
Distr: UA/SC
10 May 1993
Further information on UA 60/93 (ASA 20/11/93, 5 March 1993) - Torture
India:Manzoor Ahmed Ganai, 20
Amnesty International has now received confirmation that torture victim Manzoor
Ahmed Ganai, a young farmer from Wakoora village and a father of two children,
died on 15 February 1993 in the Bone and Joint Hospital Srinagar. As reported
in ASA 20/11/93, both his legs had to be amputated after he had developed gangrene
as a result of prolonged torture during interrogation by the army's Bihar
regiment. This reportedly included hanging him upside down from his legs for
several days and burning the back of his thighs with paraffin.
Amnesty International has now received photographs of Mr Ganai before his legs
were amputated. According to an Amnesty International medical expert who
examined the photographs, there are clear marks at the ankle level on his legs
which could have been caused by ropes tied around the ankles. A doctor who
treated him in Srinagar said that Mr Ganai, who was interrogated in army custody
for three weeks, could have been saved had he received timely medical treatment.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- expressing deep regret at the death of Manzoor Ahmed Ganai who succumbed
to the injuries allegedly resulting from torture in detention of the army;
- urging the authorities to promptly institute an impartial and independent
inquiry into death of Manzoor Ahmed Ganai allegedly after torture by the army
and that its outcome be published; that if army personnel are found responsible
for causing his death they be brought to justice, and that the family be granted
prompt and adequate compensation;
- urging the authorities to implement proposals to strengthen legal safeguards
for those in custody and the recommendations made in Amnesty International's
ten point program to prevent torture, including ensuring that up to date
registers of arrests are being kept, that relatives are immediately informed
after an arrest, that all detainees are brought promptly before a magistrate
within 24 hours of arrest and be allowed immediate access to a lawyer and to
a medical examination by an independent doctor.
APPEALS TO
1) Mr S.B. Chavan
Minister for Home Affairs
Ministry for Home Affairs
North Block
New Delhi 110 001
Telegrams: Home Minister, New Delhi, India
Faxes: + 91 11 301 0700
+ 91 11 301 0680 (c/o Ministry for External Affairs)
Telexes: 3166724 REND IN
Salutation: Dear Minister
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2) Mr K.V. Krishna Rao
Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
Office of the Governor
Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir
India
Telegrams: Governor Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, India
Salutation: Dear Governor
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Mr Rajesh Pilot
Minister of State for Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block
New Delhi 110 001
India
Mr Dinesh Singh
Minister of External Affairs
Ministry of External Affairs
South Block
New Delhi 110 001
India
and to diplomatic representatives of India accredited to your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 21 June 1993.

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