Crackdown at Ramlila: NHRC seeks report from govt

NHRC asked the Union and Delhi govts to submit reports within two weeks.

New Delhi: ‘Pained’ over media reports and
complaints alleging ‘unconstitutional police action’ on Baba
Ramdev`s supporters, the NHRC on Monday asked the Union and Delhi
governments to submit reports within two weeks on the midnight
crackdown at Ramlila ground here.

Taking cognisance of police swooping on "sleeping
protesters", the National Human Rights Commission issued
notices to the Union Home Secretary, Delhi Chief Secretary and
city Police Commissioner in the matter, asking them to explain
reason for taking such a step.

The NHRC said it is "pained to see media reports and
complaints alleging unconstitutional police action in the
midnight involving shelling of tear gas shells, lathicharge
and forceful eviction of a large number of people sleeping
under the pandal."

There have been reports of injuries to several persons,
including children, women and senior citizens and several
persons have been reported missing, it noted.

"As the incident has a bearing on human rights, the
Commission issues notices to the Union Home Secretary, Chief
Secretary, Government of Delhi, and the Commissioner of
Police, Delhi, calling for their reports within two weeks in
the matter," the commission said.

The officers will also inform the commission specifically
on some points, including reasons for resorting to such an
action in midnight, how many people were injured and is there
any proposal to compensate them and how many people were
missing and what steps have been taken to trace them.

Baba Ramdev alleged that the police unleashed atrocities
on his supporters, including women and children. He termed the
police action as "biggest crime against humanity".


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