SHRC dispose of petition, recommends to improve police force

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Mumbai, May 12 (UNI) The State Human Right Commission (SHRC) today disposed of a petition filed by social activist Medha Patkar against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray and recommended certain measures for improvement in police forces.

SHRC chief Shritij Vyas today disposed of the petition of Ms Patkar, in which she has alleged that due to Mr Thackeray's provocative speech against migrants from North India, property worth several crores of rupees was damaged across the state in riots and several north Indians were beaten up by MNS activists.

Mr Vyas had in his order said Mr Thackeray was made an accused only in one case out of 75 registered in the state. If riots had erupted after Mr Thackeray's provocative speech, then he should be made accused in all cases.

He also stated that Ms Patkar and other social organisations filed the petition about 10-days after Mr Thackeray's remarks.

The Commission also observed that police had favoured Mr Thackeray by producing him in the Metropolitan Court after the court's proceeding hours.

To control the law and order situation, the police could have detained him as a preventive measure, but failed to do so, he said.

It seems that police need a training programme as to how to maintain law and order situation, it observed.

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