Father of Dalit labour activist Shiv Kumar alleges his son tortured in police custody

Shiv Kumar, a Dalit labour-rights activist and president of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, faced severe custodial torture at the hands of the Haryana Police, his father Rajbir said to Maktoob. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/ Maktoob

Shiv Kumar, a Dalit labour-rights activist and president of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, faced severe custodial torture at the hands of the Haryana Police, his father Rajbir said to Maktoob.

Kumar was “illegally” detained on 16 January when he was participating in the farmers’ protests in Sonipat, Haryana. He was arrested on 23 January, on the basis of three different FIRs that also name Nodeep Kaur, another Dalit labour activist who was arrested and has accused the police of custodial violence.

Shiv Kumar’s friend, Ankit also spoke to Maktoob about workers’ struggle and police crackdown.