Crackdown at Ramlila: NHRC seeks report from Centre, Delhi

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New Delhi, June 6: "Pained" over media reports and complaints alleging "unconstitutional police action" on Baba Ramdev's supporters, the NHRC today asked the Union and Delhi governments to submit reports within two weeks on the midnight crackdown at Ramlila ground here.

Taking cognisance of police swooping on "sleeping protesters", the National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the Union Home Secretary, Delhi Chief Secretary and city Police Commissioner in the matter, asking them to explain reason for taking such a step.

The NHRC said it is "pained to see media reports and complaints alleging unconstitutional police action in the midnight involving shelling of tear gas shells, lathicharge and forceful eviction of a large number of people sleeping under the pandal."

There have been reports of injuries to several persons, including children, women and senior citizens and several persons have been reported missing, it noted.

"As the incident has a bearing on human rights, the Commission issues notices to the Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi, and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, calling for their reports within two weeks in the matter," the commission said.

The officers will also inform the commission specifically on some points, including reasons for resorting to such an action in midnight, how many people were injured and is there any proposal to compensate them and how many people were missing and what steps have been taken to trace them.

Baba Ramdev alleged that the police unleashed atrocities on his supporters, including women and children. He termed the police action as "biggest crime against humanity".


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