According to family members, Mr. Nanda was missing since 12 September. Police or Jail officials had not informed them about his arrest. After death of Laxmidhar, jail official informed the family members on the evening of the same day. Jail officials said that he was arrested by Excise officials in Bhubaneswar and produced in SDJM Court at Bhubaneswar.
Media reports say that some torture signs were found on his dead body. Human rights activist and managing trustee of Pipili-based organization, India Media Centre, Mr. Akhand has filed a petition before NHRC alleging that due to torture in jail or by excise officials, Mr Nanda died.
Taking this case very seriously, NHRC has directed its DG (Investigation) to inquire into the matter and collect the requisite reports from concerned authorities within eight weeks. As per NHRC guidelines any custodial death must be intimated to commission within 24 hours. But in this case concerned district magistrate and police commissioner have violated this guideline, so commission has sought “an explanation as to why an intimaton has not been sent to commission.”