statesman news service
Imphal, 25 October
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended monetary relief of Rs 32 lakh for violating human rights in six cases of deaths in police/security forces action.
The Commission has also issued notices under section 18 of the Protection of Human Rights 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 in nine cases in which violation of human rights of the victims has been prima facie, established.
Three cases have been closed on compliance of the recommendation by the Commission. Another case has also been closed on compliance of the recommendation of the Commission to the State Government for providing appointment on compassionate grounds to the wife of the deceased, and submit reports within four to six weeks in cases where the recommendations of the Commission are reportedly pending for decision of the State Cabinet for a considerable time.
On the second day of the Camp Sitting, the Commission took up a total number of 46 cases in its day long sitting, four in Full Commission, 22 in Division Bench-1 and 20 in Division Bench-II.
The cases include the matters pertaining to Loktak Lake and Churachandpur District Hospital in which the Commission has recommended investigation of these matters by the State CBCID. Senior Civil and police officers including the Chief Secretary and DGP appeared before the Commission. Besides, a number of family members of the victims of the cases taken up by the Commission appeared and submitted their grievances.
On the first day, a team of the commission met human rights activist, Irom Chanu Sharmila. Another team headed by Chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan visited District Hospital, Churachandpur. They expressed deep concern after seeing essential and costly diagnostic equipment was not functional or could not be used in the absence of technicians.
The team also visited and assessed the condition of the Loktak Lake and problems being faced by the people living in and around the lake.
During an interaction with the Commission representatives of NGOs raised important issues including the AFSPA, illegal drug trafficking with the involvement of police and security forces, harassment of human right defenders by police, plight of people living with HIV/AIDS, crime against women and child, restitution, rehabilitation and compensation for the families of victims of extra-judicial killings.