OHRC asks CP to probe into police assault on public activist
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 13:00
Cuttack: Taking cognizance of a petition filed by Cuttack Basti Unayan Mahasangha, Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has asked the Commissioner of police to probe into the alleged police assault on Mahasangha president and public activist Subash Singh.

Singh, also a CPM leader, in his petition had alleged that he was attacked by the police on July 4 while he was protesting against alleged police highhandedness during an "illegal" eviction of a city slum.

Singh alleged that while he was discussing with senior police officials, they assaulted him without any provocation.

The petitioner had further stated that he was thrown on the road and was kicked as a result of which he lost consciousness for a brief period.

Instead of taking him to the hospital, he was confined at an unknown place for over six hours without medication or treatment. He was also not allowed to contact his family members and lawyer, the petitioner claimed.

The petitioner had also contended that the demolition of the slum in the wee hours of a holiday was contrary to the direction of the Supreme Court as well as the instructions issued by the Union government and State government.

Observing that the petitioner has raised issues relating to violation of Human Rights, OHRC recently called upon the police commissioner to conduct an enquiry by himself and submit a report to the Commission within two weeks of the receipt of the order.


First Published: Tuesday, August 03, 2010, 13:00

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