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The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of eight persons and over five thousand others falling sick due to leakage of styrene gas in Vizag District of the State of Andhra Pradesh early morning today. The leakage of the gas has reportedly affected people within a radius of about 3 kilometers. Many people could be seen lying on roads while some complained of difficulty in breathing and rashes on their bodies.

The Commission has observed that though prima-facie, as of now, there are no reports regarding human error or negligence but the fact that so far at least 8 innocent citizens have lost their lives and thousands have fallen sick, is indeed a serious issue of violation of human rights. Right to life of the victims has been grossly violated. At a time when the human lives across the country are at stake due to spread of COVID-19 virus and everyone is forced to stay indoor, the gruesome tragedy has come as bolt from the blue for the people.

Accordingly, the Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh calling for a detailed report in the matter including status of the rescue operation, medical treatment provided to the people fallen sick and relief and rehabilitation provided by the state authorities to the affected families.

A notice has also been issued to the Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh to inform within four weeks about registration of FIRs in the matter and status of the investigation being conducted.

The Commission also considered it appropriate to bring the matter to the notice of the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs and has asked through its Secretary to examine whether the norms laid down under relevant provisions of the law are being implemented at the particular industrial unit and to submit a report to the Commission. Responses from all the these authorities are expected within four weeks.

As per early reports in the media, the incident has occurred at a chemical plant at LG Polymers Industry at RR Venkatapuram near Naiduthota area of the district around 3.00 AM today on 7th May,2020. The unit manufactures polystyrene and its co-polymers. An evacuation drive has reportedly been started by the police authorities and the District Collector is monitoring the situation. The NDRF and SDRF teams are also deployed in the area as mentioned in the news report.

National Human Rights Commission

[Press Release dt. 07-05-2020]

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Acting on a complaint, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC,India has issued a notice to the DGP, Maharashtra over mob lynching of three persons in the presence of police in Palghar District on the 16th April, 2020.

It has called for a detailed report within four weeks including action taken against the culprits and relief, if any, granted to the Next of Kin, NoK of the deceased persons.

Issuing the notice, the Commission has observed that the incident is apparently indicative of negligence by the public servants. The death of three persons in such a cruel manner by the unruly mob that too during countrywide lockdown, under extra vigil by the administration and police, amounts to gross violation of the right to life of the victims.

According to the complaint as well as the media reports, the victims, Sushil Giri and Kalpavriksh Giri, belonging to a sect of Sadhus, were going to attend a funeral when they along with the driver of their car were attacked by an unruly mob on suspicion that they were thieves.

The video of the attack on the deceased persons went viral, on 19.04.2020, which showed that police personnel were also present when the victims were being attacked.

National Human Rights Commission

[Press Release dt. 21-04-2020]

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The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo-moto cognizance of media reports that a woman committed suicide at Police Station Jathlana, Yamunanagar, Haryana alleging police inaction in her rape case. The Commission has issued notices to Chief Secretary and DGP, Haryana calling for a detailed report on the matter within six weeks.

The Commission has also directed to the DGP, Haryana to communicate the action taken against the delinquent police personnel. The Commission directed the Chief Secretary of the State of Haryana to look into vulnerability of the family of the deceased and the protection and financial help if not already carried out, be provided by the State to the victim family. The direction also issued about whether training has been provided to the police personnel at different levels to handle such sensitive cases with a more human touch.

Issuing the notices, the Commission has observed that the contents of the news reports, if true, raised serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim and indicate gross negligence on part of the police personnel. The apparent insensitivity and lackasdical attitude on part of the police personnel is a grave concern.

According to the news reports carried today on 04-09-2019, the victim had got tired by visiting the police station again and again and in fact, justice was denied to her by the police authorities of Jathlana Police Station in Yamunanagar and she finally committed suicide. Her family members have made serious allegations against the Sub-Inspector and Police Station In-charge and demanded their suspension with the immediate effect.

The father of the deceased woman lodged a complaint that his daughter was married in the year 2016 and after marriage, she did not give birth to a child and there were regular altercations in the family. Some months ago, when the victim came to her maternal house in her village, where alleged fellow villagers on the pretext of getting her divorce and also job called her at a place and gave the victim lift in a car and took her to Jagadhar Bus stand where the victim was given juice having sedatives. The news report also reveals that the accused kept the victim in Delhi, Lucknow and Dehradun for 3-4 months and during the time, the victim was raped and obscene videos were also made. The victim somehow managed to get free from their captivity and after came back to the house revealed the ordeal to her family members.

National Human Rights Commission

[Press Release dt. 04-09-2019]

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The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, India has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that a 30 year old maid was detained for several hours, stripped and thrashed badly, on allegations of theft, by the police personnel of DLF-I Police Station, Gurugram, Haryana on Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019. The Gurugram Police Commissioner has, reportedly, initiated a departmental enquiry into the incident and sent the four policemen, including the SHO, to the police lines.

The Commission has issued a notice to the Commissioner of Police, Gurugram, Haryana calling for a detailed report in the matter, along with action taken against the guilty police personnel, within four weeks.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, are a matter of concern as the inhuman, barbaric and atrocious act, allegedly, perpetrated by the police personnel inside the police station raises serious issue of violation of human dignity, liberty, life and safety of the victim.

It has further observed that the media reports also seem to suggest gross violation of duty by the public servants, destroying the fundamental edifice of the rule of law, which clearly ensures that no one shall be deprived of the safety of life and limb, much less, an outrageous act of dehumanizing of a helpless woman, whose modesty appears to have been trampled down by the police personnel.

According to the media reports, carried today on the 5th September, 2019, the victim was working as a domestic help in a house located in DLF Phase-I, Gurugram. On July 31, a theft occurred in the house. The owner of the house suspected the two women, including the female domestic help. DLF Phase-I police registered a case against the woman and called the suspect to the police station for questioning at 9 AM on Tuesday morning.

Allegedly, the police officials took her to a room in the police station and removed her clothes and severely assaulted her fragile limbs. It has also been reported that her lower back was hit so badly that the skin had peeled off as a result she was not able to walk.

It is further reported that around 9 PM, the same day, the victim called her husband to police station. The police personnel asked him to take her home and bring back the next day. The incident came to light when some North East organizations got to know of her ordeal and they protested in front of the police station demanding action against the erring police personnel.

National Human Rights Commission

[Press Release dt. 05-09-2019]

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National Human Rights Commission issues notice on 08-04-2019 to Maharashtra DGP and Mumbai Police Commissioner over the reported abduction, rape, and murder of a 9-year old girl.

NHRC, India has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that a nine year old girl, who had gone missing on 04-04-2019 from the Nehru Nagar slum area of Juhu Mumbai was found murdered on the 06-04-2019. Her body was recovered from a septic tank of her locality. Reportedly, preliminary medical reports have confirmed that she was raped and murdered. According to the media report, a similar had happened in the J.J. Marg area about one and a half years ago.

The Commission has issued notices to the Director General of Police, Maharashtra and the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. The Commission also expects to have a report giving details of the mechanism adopted by the police authorities to address the issue more effectively.

It has observed that it seems the area lacks proper patrolling and monitoring by the police authorities. The culprit in the instant case, has a criminal background as he was reportedly arrested by the police in the year 2013. The local police officials are expected be vigilant about suspicious activities of these anti-social elements so that such heinous crimes could be averted. The Right to Life and Dignity of the innocent victim has been grossly violated.

According to the media report, carried on the 07-04-2019, the mother of the victim has stated that the girl had gone to get a packet of tea when she disappeared. A missing complaint was lodged with the details about the location and uniform she was wearing. The police authorities have arrested the suspect with whom the girl was last seen by some people. The alleged offender was also arrested in a criminal case, in the year 2013. The news report also states that a similar incident had taken place in J.J. Marg area about one and a half years ago when a 6 year old girl was killed and after investigation, the accused has been convicted by the Court.

[Dated: 08-04-2019]