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Paramilitary forces say no to Holi as tribute to slain CRPF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All paramilitary forces personnel have decided not to celebrate Holi today as a mark of tribute to the 12 CRPF personnel who were killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has issued orders that no “regimental function related to Holi celebrations” will be observed at any field formation. Personnel of sister forces like CISF, BSF, ITBP and SSB expressed their solidarity with the country’s largest paramilitary force and announced that they too will not be celebrating the festival of colours in their respective establishments. “DG (Director General) expresses deepest gratitude to all Patriots for standing shldr2shldr with #ShaheedsOfSukma. Call Of Duty only religion for CRPF (sic),” the CRPF posted on Twitter. It said the gesture was to express “solidarity” with the family members of the slain men and that the directions are to be followed by the “entire force in letter and spirit”. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said, “Tributes to the brave martyrs of @crpfindia who made supreme sacrifice in Sukma. No Holi celebration by #ITBP.” The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) posted its message on Twitter saying: “CISF Salutes to the Martyrs of CRPF @Sukma…Prayers for the CRPF Martyrs n their families #R.I.P.#No Holi [email protected] (sic).” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has too said he will not celebrate the festival in view of the Sukma ambush. In one of the deadliest attacks on security forces this year, 12 CRPF personnel were killed and their arms looted when Naxals ambushed their patrol party in the Maoist hotbed of Sukma in Chhattisgarh on March 11. The slain personnel were cremated with state honours at their native places yesterday even as a team of senior Home Ministry officials led by Senior Security Advisor K Vijay Kumar and acting CRPF Director General Sudeep Lakhtakia toured the ambush site on motorbikes yesterday. The paramilitary forces, also called Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), work under the command of the Home Ministry and are tasked to render internal security tasks, border guarding duties and a host of other law and order duties.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jawan killed in ceasefire violation in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) expressed concern over terrorist movement across the Line of Control; Pakistan Army resorted to firing on the Indian forward positions in Poonch sector leaving one army jawan dead on Thursday.Pakistan violated ceasefire in Poonch sector in the afternoon in which a jawan received bullet injuries.He was shifted to hospital where he succumbed. The slain soldier has been identified as Sepoy Deepak Jagannath Ghadge.The 27-year- old martyr belongs to village Borgaon in Satara district of Maharashtra. He is survived by his wife, a two-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.

Lucknow encounter: Operation underway as two terrorists with possible ISIS links holed up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday said that there is not one but two terrorists inside the house in the outskirts of Lucknow. “The operation is still on. We had thought initially that there is one youth inside, but there are two.We are trying to arrest them as soon as possible,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet said.‚ÄčThe Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad launched an operation here to flush out a suspected terrorists believed to be influenced by ISIS and having possible links to the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast on Tuesday.Intemittent firing continues from both sides, chilli bombs and tear gas also being used by security forces.At least 10 people persons were injured, three of them seriously, in the IED blast near Jabdi station in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh.The terrorists were hiding in a house on the outskirts of the state capital.”The suspect holed up in Lucknow belongs to a localised group, influenced by ISIS and its literature,” Additional Director General (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary said. He said the ATS operation to flush him out was underway till late in the night. Chaudhary also said that two terror suspects have been held in Kanpur and one in Etawah. Those arrested in Kanpur might be having some possible links with the person holed up in Kakori Lucknow, he said. He also said that since the operation was taking place in a restrained manner, it could take some more time.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to UP DGP Javeed Ahmad, who briefed him about the incident and the action taken. Commandoes of paramilitary forces were being rushed to assist the anti-terror squad and local police in capturing the person hiding here. The ATS launched the operation to flush out the suspected terrorist following inputs that he may be linked to train blast this morning.The densely populated neighbourhood has been cordoned off and at least 20 commandos are involved in the operation, police said. The ATS operation came hours before the final phase of polling in Assembly election covering 40 seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh. According to locals, around 3.30 pm over 30 policemen started vacating the houses in the locality to corner the suspect.Local residents said as the suspect got wind of their plans, he started firing at police party and gunshots were fired from both the sides. IG ATS Aseem Arun summoned elite commandos from Bijnaur police facility. The ATS team is trying to ensure that the suspect runs out of ammunition before barging inside. IG Lucknow Zone A Satish Ganesh said, “The suspect was not surrendering. Instead he was resorting to firing. Chilli bombs were used to smoke him out.”Arun, who was conducting the operation, said, “When the police knocked the door (of the house where the terror suspect is holed up), he closed the door, and then there was a sound of pistol cocking, which proved that he has weapons.” He said the suspect resorted to intermittent firing. “We have withheld firing from our side. It appears only one person is hiding inside the house,” he said.UP DGP Javeed Ahmed, when contacted, said the UP Police was trying to convince the person holed up in the house to surrender.

Show cause notice sent to ex-Bastar IG for indiscipline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Chhattisgarh Director General of Police (DGP) has sent a show cause notice and issued a warning letter for indiscipline to former Bastar inspector general of police (IG) S.R.P. Kalluri for attending a private function in Jagdalpur without informing his superiors. DGP A.N. Upadhyay sent the warning letter to Kalluri after he circulated a WhatsApp post in this regard. Kalluri has been served two notices and a response has been sought from him for the same in three days. It is the same private function where former Sukma Superintendent of Police, IK Elesela allegedly said that human rights workers should be run over by vehicle. Kalluri has been facing flak for alleged fake encounters and targeting local journalists, social and human rights activists in Bastar. The 1994-batch officer, who was IG of police Bastar Range, was earlier sanctioned 90-day leave with effect from February 1. However, instead of availing leave, he requested the DGP for a fresh posting and was subsequently sent to police head quarters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Overall law and order situation in HP ‘satisfactory’: DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The overall law and order situation in Himachal Pradesh is “satisfactory” but there is scope for further improvements, Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar said today. He called upon the police officers to take effective steps in prevention, detection and investigation of crime and focus on qualitative policing and service delivery. Reviewing the crime situation in the state from January 1 to December 31, 2016, the DGP said though the overall law and order situation is “satisfactory”, there is scope for further improvement in all categories especially in tackling heinous crimes, drug abuse and trafficking. “The statewide campaign to make Himachal Pradesh drug free had yielded results. The campaign has to be sustained and intensified,” he said. He asked the police officers to be more sensitive in dealing with drug related cases and directed them to deal with complaints in a prompt and transparent manner to win the trust of the people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Protected persons to lose security in case misuse of cops: DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protected persons and officers in Jammu and Kashmir shall lose their security cover if the policemen guarding them are made to do menial chores and deprived of basic amenities. “It shall be ensured that no police person deployed on guard and PSO duty etc is put to menial work by the concerned protectee and officer,” J&K Director General of Police (DGP), S P Vaid said in a order. “In case of deviation, the concerned police person shall face departmental action and facility of guard and PSO to protectee shall be withdrawn,” DGP said. Complaints have been made by different quarters that policemen on security duty for protection of political persons and officers are often used for household chores, including cooking. The DGP has also directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs) and Commandants to take up the matter of basic amenities for policemen on security duty with with authorities and protected persons. If the protected persons fail to make such amenities available to them, withdrawal of guards shall be considered. It has been reported that basic amenities like washrooms, toilets and proper accommodations are not made available by the borrowing agencies, departments, officers and protected persons to police guards, the order noted. Police personnel deployed with statuary authorities and protected persons are put to menial and irrelevant assignments which is highly dubious and tells badly upon the proficiency of police persons concerned in particular and on the organisational fabric in general, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Replace ‘partisan’ UP Chief Secy, DG, ADG police: BJP to EC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just days before Uttar Pradesh goes to poll for the first phase, BJP today moved Election Commission against Chief Secretary, Director General and Additional Director General Police demanding they be replaced in order to ensure “free and fair elections” in the state. Along with the three top officers, the party also demanded that District Magistrates of Rampur, Firozabad and Meerut should also be replaced, accusing them all of “partisan behaviour”. A three-member delegation of the party — Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi– met EC officials and submitted their memorandum. The recent spurt in crime wherein anti-social elements have unleashed a reign of terror “on behalf of the ruling party” is evidence enough that the state authorities are hand-in-glove with the ruling party, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after meeting the commission officials. “The party has filed a complaint against Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, DG and ADG (law & order) of the state police to the Election Commission, as they are indulged in partisan behaviour, they should be replaced for conducting free and fair elections in the state,” Naidu said. In view of “deteriorating” law and order, a feeling of fear has gripped the state and permeated the BJP’s rank and file, Naidu said, adding these three officials and DMs of Rampur, Firozabad and Meerut, should be replaced with “non-partisan” officers. He further said it is an “open secret” that state DG police had also “taken side” with one faction of SP during party’s internal fight. The selection of current DG Police was controversial as he was appointed by superseding eight competent officers, the BJP claimed in its complaint to the commission. The party also demanded deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in sensitive districts. There are various DMs in the state who have been in their current posting for longer than four years, which is a clear violation of EC’s norms so they all should also be replaced, the party said. Complaining that there is “pattern of delay or denial” in giving permissions and approvals to the party’s candidates and district units, BJP said this is still going on despite an advice in this regard was issued by the state Chief Electoral Officer. Since there is no ban on displaying party symbols on the motor vehicles for campaigning, BJP asked EC to issue an advisory in this regard to various state government officials, who are not allowing this. The state goes to poll in seven phases starting February 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The NHRC said the government of Chhattisgarh has informed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>that they have prepared a six-point action plan to ensure that human rights are adequately protected in Bastar. “Director General of Police will organise training and orientation of the police force posted in Bastar Division to sensitise them on the human rights issues and to ensure that human rights are not violated in the course of their duties. The panel warned that be it in Naxal-affected areas or elsewhere Human Rights violations will invite consequences. On November 16, the Commission had also said that on consideration of the whole situation in Chhattisgarh over more than a year, it views the action of registration of FIR against Sundar and others “as an act in line with earlier acts of hostility displayed by police”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NHRC to conduct inquiry over police atrocity allegations in MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission today said it will conduct an on-spot inquiry into allegations of atrocity on a few Scheduled Tribe women by police, including rape, sexual assault and molestation in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. The Commission has taken cognisance of a complaint, lodged by nine ST women residents of Bhutia and Holibayada villages of Dhar, alleging that they became victims of police atrocities on January 25, the NHRC said in a statement. “They include four victims of gangrape, three of molestation and two minor girl victims of sexual assault,” it said. The Commission has observed that the allegations raise serious issues of violation of human rights by the police personnel. “It (Commission) has asked Director General (Investigation), NHRC to depute a team for a spot enquiry and submit a report at the earliest,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Alok Verma takes over as new Chief of CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Delhi Police commissioner Alok Verma today took reins of Central Bureau of Investigation becoming 25th full-fledged Chief of the agency. An IPS Officer of 1979 Batch (AGMUT Cadre), Verma has served in various capacities in a career spanning 37 years. After taking over, Verma went to North Block to call on Home Minister Rajnath Singh. His successor in Delhi Police, Amulya Patnaik also called on the Home Minister today. Speaking to CBI officials, Verma said his top most priority will be fair, impartial and conclusive enquiries and investigations with utmost courage and conviction to bring out the truth. He emphasised that officers of CBI need to keep themselves abreast of changes in legal landscape, especially in respect of Economic Offences and Cyber Crime domains. Verma also underlined the urgent need to ensure timely promotions and redressal of grievances which is essential for the morale of the organisation. The former commissioner, who came under criticism for poor handling of the case of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed who had gone missing from his hostel on October 15, 2016 following an altercation with ABVP cadre, asked the officials of CBI to work as a team with a spirit of mutual trust so that the faith of common people and judiciary in the organisation is sustained. Prior to assuming the office of Delhi police chief, Verma was Director General of Prisons, Delhi; Director General of Police in Mizoram; DGP, Puducherry and IGP, Andaman and Nicobar Islands besides holding several important positions in UT Cadre in Vigilance, Intelligence, Crime and Railways, Administration as Special Commissioner, Joint Commissioner Range and Deputy Commissioner, South District. Verma has also served as FRRO, New Delhi. He is known for ensuring early adoption of technology in policing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lt. Gen. S.K.Shrivastava takes over as Border Roads chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lt.Gen. Sanjeev Kumar Shrivastava took over as the 25th Director General of the Border Roads (DGBR) here today. Lt.Gen. S K Shrivastava was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 1980 and has attended all prestigious courses of the Indian Army, including Staff Course at Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and the National Defence College, New Delhi. The General Officer has held various staff, instructional and command appointments. Some of his important assignments include Command of an Engineer Regiment during ?OP PARAKRAM?, Command of an Engineer Brigade, Staff Officer in the MS Branch, Colonel Q (Operations) of a Corps and Colonel Administration in College of Military Engineering, Pune. He has been the Directing Staff and Advisor at the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Lusaka, Zambia. The General Officer has also tenanted the appointment of Chief Engineer (Northern Command) and later the Additional Director General Works (Army) in the Engineer-in-Chief’s Branch, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). Before taking over as Director General Border Roads, he was holding the appointment of Director General Combat Engineers at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amulya Patnaik is new Delhi Police Chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Superseding two officers, Government today appointed Amulya Kumar Patnaik as Commissioner of Delhi Police, a post that fell vacant after Alok Kumar Verma was made CBI Chief. “Amulya Kumar Patnaik, IPS (AGMUT: 1985) has been appointed to the post of Commissioner of Police, Delhi from the date of actual assumption of the charge, in place of Shri Alok Kumar, IPS (AGMUT: 1979) who has been appointed as Director, CBI, till further orders,” an order issued by the Government said. By appointing Patnaik, currently Special Commissioner (Administration), the government has superseded two senior officers, Dharmendra Kumar and Deepak Mishra, both 1984-batch IPS officers of AGMUT cadre. Mishra and Kumar are serving as Additional Director General in the CRPF and CISF respectively. Kumar was special commissioner of police (Special Unit) during the then Commissioner B S Bassi’s tenure. Both Mishra and Kumar were made senior special commissioners, a post created by Bassi during his tenure that was later scrapped. Two other senior officers of the cadre, 1982-batch JK Sharma and A K Singh of 1984 batch, have not been empanelled for the post of Director General at the centre. Patnaik is a recipient of the President’s Police medal for distinguished service and the Police medal for meritorious service.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa Elections 2017: State becomes first to opt for electronic transmission of postal ballot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa will become the first state in the country to opt for electronic transmission of postal ballot to service voters in the upcoming Assembly polls, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Syed Nasim Zaidi said today. “The returning officers will transfer the postal ballots to service voters by electronic means so that the service voters can download it, fill it and send it via e-mail to returning officer,” Zaidi told reporters here after reviewing prep redness for the February 4 polls.He said sending ballot papers through electronic means will cut down the time in transmission of postal ballot to the service voters.”We hope that a large number of service voters will be able to utilise this facility. This would be the first in the region and around the globe. That is a matter of great pride for all of us,” he said.Goa has 822 service voters who are either in the defence, para-military forces or on diplomatic missions.He said Goa would also be the first state where all assembly constituencies will be covered by (VVPAT) Voter- Verified Paper Audit Trail machines.”This will be used all over the state to ensure transparency of the process to the voter. It will assure the voter that his vote has gone to the right candidate,” he said.The CEC also said the commission has initiated few IT-based initiatives.”There is one scheme called Samadhan to address to complaints. It has been working well and political parties have expressed their satisfaction,” he said.”With regard to permission clearance system Suvidha, we have already directed to improve the working of permission system. We assure that political parties that their permission applications would receive attention,” Zaidi added.Meanwhile, in order to ensure that the polling takes place in a free and fair manner, a slew of measures have been taken up by the ECI like strict vigil on casinos, state borders and the airport.”There was a fear that casinos can be misused with respect to cash withdrawal and distribution. This morning itself we have reviewed with the state administration and Director General of Police and in particular we have roped in senior officials from Karnataka and Goa,” Zaidi said. “Director General of Investigations was here who along with his team in Goa and Karnataka and with co-operation from state administration, he is working on a strategy, entry and exit from casinos, movement of loose cash, setting up of static surveillance team, flying squads and certain action by Income Tax department,” he said.Zaidi said Air Intelligence unit has been set up at the Dabolim international airport to check movement of money or any undesirable elements through air. “I-T department is keeping special eye on clandestine currency exchanges and the movement of money through banking channels. We have directed returning officers that affidavits filed by candidates must be uploaded so that officials can carry out real time scrutiny of these affidavits under I-T laws,” he added. On law and order arrangements, Zaidi said adequate number of para military personnel will be deployed in the state by January 25 to maintain the law and order.”Special surveillance would be mounted on cross border movement of liquor, money and gifts. The DGP has been asked to take effective action against anti-social elements, proclaimed offenders and any other criminal person who can be used by the party or candidate to intimidate them,” he said.Zaidi, who had discussion with various representatives of political parties, said that some of them have drawn attention that certain government schemes are being used to neither threatened or convince voters.”The commission has taken a serious note of these suggestion and issues,” he said.In order to check misuse of liquor, excise department has to launch a special drive to control use of liquor to influence voters, he said.Zaidi said ECI is determined that there should be strict control on use of money, liquor and gifts during the election process, and therefore, it has reviewed with many enforcement agencies including Income Tax authorities, banks, Narcotics department, Customs, Excise department and Commercial Tax authority and police.A total of 80 flying squads and 21 static surveillance teams are working round the clock, he said, adding that the vehicles engaged in poll works are fitted with GPS device.”Standard operating procedure would be activated towards the end of polling process. Central para military forces would be deployed to assist our surveillance teams,” added Zaidi.PTI

Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma appointed CBI chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma has been appointed as Director CBI for a period of two years. PM Modi approved the appointment of Verma on Thursday.The Supreme Court was on Tuesday informed about that the issues relating to the selection of the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation will be cleared very soon. The post of CBI director is lying vacant for over one month following Anil Sinha’s retirement on December 2. Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana was serving as the interim director of the investigating agency during this period.The decision of to appoint Verma was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led selection committee, consisting of Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.Verma has been selected from a list of about 45 eligible IPS officers, of which the top contenders were Krishna Choudhary, Aruna Bahuguna and SC Mathur.
ALSO READ Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma set to be appointed as CBI chiefChoudhary and Bahuguna are 1979 batch IPS officers of Bihar and Telangana cadre respectively. Choudhary is Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force and Bahuguna is Director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad. Mathur, a 1981 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre, is Director General of Maharshtra Police. This is a developing story. Further details awaited.
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Rajasthan on alert after inputs of ‘possible intrusion’ from Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An alert has been sounded in Rajasthan following inputs from central intelligence agencies about possible intrusion from across the Pakistan border.”There were inputs from the intelligence agencies (that) intruders can enter into India from Pakistan so the alert was sounded and the SPs (superintendents of police) of border districts have been asked to remain vigilant,” Director General of Police Manoj Bhatt said today.He said the police officers have been asked to be alert and tighten security arrangements following the inputs from the intelligence agencies yesterday. “The SPs in border districts are holding meetings on their level,” the DGP added.

NRDF is the ‘pride of the nation’: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hailing the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the “pride of the nation”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked it to come out with proactive and preemptive strategies to become more efficient, responsive and effective. “We are very proud of the brave NDRF officers. It has established itself as a leading agency in less than 10 years and become the pride of India. Even other countries are discussing NDRF,” he said addressing the commandos after laying the foundation stone for the 10th battalion headquarters of NDRF at Kondapavuluru village this afternoon.”Disaster management needs to be effective, efficient and responsive. The NDRF is all these, but at the same time a reactive strategy is just not enough. You have to be proactive and preemptive. Some improvement in this regard is needed,” Rajnath said.The Home Minister admitted that the government could not fulfil the demand for more infrastructure to the NDRF. “Yes, NDRF needs more infrastructure. Now there are 12 battalions and they have to be increased. People of the country and experts have been demanding this. We will try to enhance the strength,” Rajnath assured. “People of India have a lot of faith and confidence that any disaster can be overcome only because of NDRF. Not just floods, but the NDRF can handle radiological, biological and even nuclear disasters. It’s not a small thing,” he said.Referring to the international efforts of NDRF, the Home Minister recalled its services rendered during the devastating earthquake in neighbouring Nepal and Shanghai.”Other countries are now discussing your efficiency. You have earned a new reputation internationally,” Rajnath praised.”The Mayor of Shanghai spoke to me and appreciated the efforts of NDRF in retrieving not only the alive from under the debris but also dead with due respect,” Rajnath said.The NDRF 10th battalion headquarters will come up on a 50-acre plot at Kondapavuluru at a cost of Rs 200 crore.The battalion, currently functioning from a makeshift campus on the Acharya Nagarjuna University, has 1,200 personnel and caters to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary, NDRF Director General R K Pachnanda and AP Director General of Police (in charge) Nanduri Sambasiva Rao were among the others who attended the event.The NDRF personnel presented various mock drills on the occasion.

Chhattisgarh police personnel responsible for rape and assault of 16 women: NHRC sends notice

New Delhi:¬†The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to Chhattisgarh government over alleged rape, sexual and physical assault of 16 women by the state police personnel, and observed the government is “vicariously liable” for it.

The Commission, in a statement also said that it awaits the recorded statement of about “20 other victims”. “The NHRC has found 16 women, prima facie, victims of rape, sexual and physical assault by the state police personnel in Chhattisgarh,” it said. The Commission has issued the notice to the “government through its Chief Secretary, to show cause why it should not recommend interim monetary relief of Rs 37 lakh to them.

NHRC sends a report to New Delhi.

NHRC sends a report to New Delhi.

“This includes, Rs 3 lakh each to eight victims of rape, Rs 2 lakh each to six victims of sexual assault and Rs 50,000 each to two victims of physical assault.” The NHRC has observed it is of the view that prima-facie, human rights of the victims have been “grossly violated” by the security personnel for which Chattisgarh government is “vicariously liable”. It also found that the grave allegations of “physical as well as rape/sexual assault committed by security personnel of government of Chhattisgarh, made in the FIRs, were reiterated before the NHRC Team, which conducted spot investigation before the magistrate.”

The Commission said that after careful consideration of the material on record, it found that there are in “total 34 victims mentioned in police complaints.” “The material includes copies of statement of victims recorded by the NHRC Team as well as those recorded u/s 164 CrPC in case FIR No. 22/15, FIR No. 2/16 and FIR No. 3/16 in respect of 15 victims, sent by the IGP, Police Headquarters, Raipur vide letter dated November 12, 2016,” the NHRC said in the statement. The Commission has also noted that the NHRC Team “could record the statements of only 14 victims out of the 34 victims mentioned in the FIRs. Thus, statements of 20 victims are yet to be recorded by it.”

“The statements u/s 164 CrPC have been recorded by the magistrate only in respect of 15 victims. Thus, statements of 19 more victims are yet to be recorded. “Almost all the victims in these incidents, covered under the three FIRs, are tribals. However, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has not been invoked in any of the cases. As a result of this, the due monetary relief under the SC/ST (PoA) Act has not been paid to the victims,” it added. P

The Commission said it has directed the DIG (Investigation) to depute a team of officials from the Investigation Division and Law Division to record the statements of 15 victims whose statements were not recorded either by the NHRC Team or by the Magistrate u/s 164 CrPC and submit the same to the Commission within one month.

“The Additional Director General of Police (CID), government of Chhattisgarh has been directed to get the statements of 19 more victims u/s 164 CrPC recorded before the Magistrate and forward the same to the Commission within one month,” it added.

The Additional Director General of Police (CID) has also been directed to ensure that SC/ST (PoA) Act is invoked in all the cases the victims belonged to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, the Commission said. The Chief Secretary has been directed to ensure that monetary relief, if any, under the SC/ST (PoA) Act is paid to the victims at the earliest, the NHRC added. The Commission has also made it clear that the above directions are of “interim nature and a final view will be taken in respect of other victims and also with regard to other issues involved in this matter in due course of time”.

“It was reported that women from five villages Pegdapalli, Chinnagelur, Peddagelur, Gundam and Burgicheru had alleged that state police personnel had sexually harassed and assaulted more than 40 of them and gangraped at least two in Bijapur district,” it added. The news report depicted other “brutalities” of the security forces also. Considering the gravity of the allegations and brutality of sexual violence upon hapless women, the matter was considered by the full bench of the Commission on February 22 last year. The Investigation Team of the Commission recorded statements of several persons including the security personnel and some of the victims.

“The Team could not however, record the statements of all the victims that were mentioned in the three FIRs in question because of the time constraint, prevailing security situation, non-availability of victims and physical barriers,” the NHRC added.

First Published On : Jan 8, 2017 11:26 IST

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