Target: Bam Dev Gautam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs
Goal: Prevent further torture of two prisoners who were allegedly falsely arrested and forced into false confessions.
Two young men have been tortured by police and forced into confessing to crimes they say they did not commit. Sign the petition demanding that 21-year old Arbind Kumar Tamoli and 18-year-old Raju Nau be protected from further ill-treatment and that authorities launch an immediate and impartial investigation into the allegations of torture.
Tamoli and Nau were arrested in Santaliya, blindfolded, and taken to the District Police Office, where they were accused of carrying a pistol and bullets. However, the men claim the gun and bullets were planted on them by police officers.
Tamoli told human rights workers that police officers beat the bottoms of his feet with bamboo sticks, pulled his hair, stood on his knees, and repeatedly slapped and punched his face, back, and chest. He claims he was coerced into signing a “confession” but did not know what it said since it was prepared separately by police. Both men remain in custody and are at risk of further torture and ill-treatment.
Torture is a violation of one of our most basic human rights and is unacceptable under any circumstances. Sign the petition demanding protection for Arbind Kumar Tamoli and Raju Nau and an investigation into their allegations of torture and ill-treatment.
Dear Minister Bam Dev Gautam,
I am writing to express my concern over the treatment of Arbind Kumar Tamoli and Raju Nau. They have allegedly been tortured by police officers, and I therefore demand an immediate investigation into these allegations. I also implore you to ensure that they are protected from further torture and ill-treatment.
Tamoli and Nau were arrested in Santaliya, blindfolded, and taken to the District Police Office, where officers accused them of possessing a pistol and bullets. The men maintain their innocence and claim that the weapon was planted on them by police officers.
Tamoli alleges that while in police custody he has been beaten with a stick, slapped, punched, and otherwise tortured by officers in groups of three to four. He signed a “confession” but says he did not know what was in it since it was prepared separately by the officers.
Torture is a violation of one of the most basic human rights, and allegations of ill-treatment must be taken seriously. First and foremost, I demand protection for Arbind Kumar Tamoli and Raju Nau. Second, I urge you to investigate Tamoli’s allegations of torture. And finally, I ask you to provide officers with sufficient training and monitor them to prevent situations like this in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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