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NHRC seeks report on attack on Swami Agnivesh

Terming it a "matter of great concern", the National Human Rights Commission has sought reports from the Chhattisgarh govt and police within four weeks on the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh and journalists in Dantewada.



New Delhi: Terming it a "matter of great
concern", the National Human Rights Commission has sought
reports from the Chhattisgarh government and police within four
weeks on the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh and
journalists in Dantewada.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report
alleging that a large group comprising special police officers
of Chhattisgarh Police and members of the Salwa Judum attacked
Agnivesh on March 26 as he attempted to deliver relief to a
village reportedly torched by security forces.

"Considering the issues raised in the report, the
Commission today observed that the entire incident is a matter
of great concern and issued notices to the Chief Secretary and
Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh calling for their
factual reports within four weeks," a press statement said.

The report carried on March 27 referred to the "aftermath
of an incident in which three men were killed, three women
were sexually assaulted and about 300 homes, granaries and
woodsheds were torched by the security forces during a five
day anti-Maoist operation in the villages of Tarmetla,
Timapuram and Morpalli," it said.

Swami Agnivesh had gone there to deliver clothes,
blankets and other relief materials to the affected villagers,
when he was attacked twice in six hours by a mob at a Salwa
Judum camp at Dornapal.

Quoting Agnivesh, it was reported that the mob surrounded
him and pelted raw eggs on him. His turban was knocked down
and he was pushed around, the NHRC noted.

"The reporters at the spot were also manhandled by the
mob. Allegedly, the security provided to him proved futile
forcing his return from the place. Subsequent to the incident
the SSP and Collector, Dantewada were reported to have been
transferred," it pointed out citing the report.

Earlier, the NHRC had on March 28 sought reports from the
Chief Secretary and DGP, Chhattisgarh as well as Secretary,
Union Home Ministry, while taking suo motu cognizance of a
media report alleging wide destruction of tribals` property in
violation of their right to life by the Koya Commandos of
Chhattisgarh police and COBRA battalion of CRPF.

PTI

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