NHRC mulls intervention to lift restrictions on meeting Sharmila


IMPHAL, October 25: The National Human Rights Commission has recommended monetary relief of Rs 32 lakh for violation of human rights violation in six cases of deaths in police/security forces action, chairman of the commission KG Balakrishnan stated.

Briefing media persons, he stated that the NHRC will take up a suo motto case with regards to the lack of accessibility to meet Irom Sharmila, recommend CBI enquiry on the plights of Loktak Lake and District Hospital Churachandpur and demanded a report from the state government on Ravina and Sanjit within one month.

The NHRC has also issued notices under section 18 of the Protection of Human Right Act to the state government to show cause as to why monetary relief should not be recommended to be paid to the next of kin of the deceased persons in nine cases in which violation of human right of the victim has been prima facie established.

Three cases have been closed on receipt of proof of payment of compensation of Rs 17 lakhs as recommended by the commission.

The state government has also been asked to submit a report within four to six weeks in cases where the recommendations of the commission are reportedly pending for decision of the state Cabinet for a consideration time.

During the second day of its camp sitting today, the National Human Rights Commission took up a total of 46 cases in its day long sitting, four in full commission, 22 in Division Bench-I and 20 in Division bench-II.

The chief secretary Lalkuwngwa and DGP MK Das appeared before the commission. Besides, a number of family members of the victims appeared before the commission and submitted their grievances.

The delegation of the commission had visited Loktak Lake yesterday to assess the condition of the lake and the problem of people living in the surrounding areas of the lake.

Ibobi Singh Project Director of the Lake says that the delegation of the steps taken by the government for implement of the lake.

The team of NHRC has collected data on various central, state government sponsored flagship programmes. In their report, they have highlighted poor infrastructure facilities including non-availability of electricity, lack of toilet and kitchen facilities, non-availability of safe drinking water, long delay in payment of salaries to workers in anganwadis, absenteeism of doctors on duty in primary health centers/hospital, delay in payment of dropouts in primary school and long delay in supply of rations for mid-day meals.

On the concluding day of the camp sitting, the commission had an interaction with representative of NGOs who raised important issues including AFSPA, illegal drug trade with the involvement of police and security force, harassment of human right defenders by police, plight of HIV positive patients, violence against women, child trafficking, restitution rehabilitation and compensation for the families of victims of extra judicial killing, monitoring of flagship programme etc apart from pointing out specific instances of human right violation, the NGOs made various suggesting to remedy the problem.

After the meeting, the NGOs and the commission held discussion with the senior officers of the state government including Chief Secretary, DGP, DMs, SPs and other senior civil, police and jail officers on the issues of extra judicial killing, PDS health and medical facilities in the state among others.

The commission also discussed issues raised by NGOs during interaction with the officers.


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