Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 18:
Expressing unhappiness over the indifference of the Commissionerate Police in submitting a status report on the police lathicharge during the Congress rally at Lower PMG Square in September, 2012 despite earlier directions, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a fresh directive in this regard.
The Commission in its earlier directive on August 26 last year had asked the commissionerate police to submit a status report within six weeks.
The rights panel, in its latest directive, has given the police commissionerate six weeks time to submit the status report, failing which it would initiate legal actions under section 13 of the Human Rights Act.
It may be mentioned here that the police had resorted to brutal lathi-charge on the Congress workers during the party’s convention at Lower PMG Square on September 6, 2012 in which at least 100 party workers and leaders were injured. Even media persons covering the rally were not spared.
Senior High Court advocate Nishikanta Mishra had moved the NHRC saying that the state police at the “behest” of their political bosses of ruling BJD had “brutally assaulted” the Congress workers on September 6, 2012 in Bhubaneswar without any provocation.