Govt concerned over human rights violations: SC told

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that Home Minister P Chidambram was concerned over allegations of human rights violations in Naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh.

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2010, 00:41 AM IST

New Delhi: The Centre today told the Supreme
Court that Home Minister P Chidambram was concerned over
allegations of human rights violations in Naxal-hit areas of
Chhattisgarh where tribals are caught in a crossfire between
Maoists, security forces and Salwa Judum, anti-Naxal vigilante
group.

"Home Minister is really concerned. I am sure he will
call a meeting," Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium told a
Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar.
He said the Home Minister will look into the concern of
the apex court in Naxal-hit areas as the Centre is engaged in
a long-drawn strategy in its fight against the outlaws.

"The Centre and the state government are not looking at
each other as distinct entities. The Centre is not considering
the matter in this court in adversial manner," Subramanium
said and sought some time to respond to the five questions
raised by the apex court which posted the next date of hearing
for August 31.

The Supreme Court had yesterday wanted to know
Chhattisgarh government`s stand on the issue of disbanding the
Salwa Judum, the anti-Naxal vigilante group accused of human
rights violation in Maoist-hit tribal districts of the state.

The Bench had also sought answers from the state
government whether schools and ashrams in Maoist-affected
areas were still being used for stationing central
para-military forces as alleged by rights activists.

It had inquired about the steps taken by the state
government on the FIRs registered on the basis of the report
of NHRC pointing out human rights violation by the members of
Salwa Judum.

-PTI