New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday sought reports from Chhattisgarh government and police within four weeks on the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh and journalists in Dantewada. (Agencies)
The NHRC took 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.
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday sought reports from Chhattisgarh government and police within four weeks on the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh and journalists in Dantewada.