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Halt action against Rohingyas: Right bodies to Myanmar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven human rights organisations put up a convention on Monday titled ‘Convention against ongoing atrocities on Rohingyas in Myanmar’.Condemning the action of Myanmar police and administration which has forced Rohingyas to escape to Bangladesh, the activists put forward a six-point demand. They include immediate halt of police and army action on Rohingyas, creating a favourable environment in Myanmar so that all of them can return and government should ensure their rehabilitation, government should take the responsibility of the security of their lives and property, police and army personnel guilty of killing and raping Rohingyas should be identified and punished, media and human rights organisations should be given access to the place and those who had taken refuge in India should not be forced back by the Indian government and it should put pressure on Myanmar government to take them back and give them citizenship.Human rights activist and national vice-president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Dr Binayak Sen, who was also one of the panellists, lent his support to the demands. “We condemn the inhuman treatment meted out to the Rohingyas from the pth of our hearts and intend to find a way out of it. On behalf of PUCL, we will support the resolution which will be adopted today,” Sen said.

Rajasthan govt brings ordinance to shield judges, babus from public scrutiny, probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ordinance by the Rajasthan government will prevent cases being lodged against officers and judges for any act commited by them while they were in service. The ordinance also prevents courts from issuing directions to register cases against them. Further the ordinance prevents that the names or pictures of the persons to be made public.The Ordinance was implemented on September 7 and is likely to come up for discussion in the coming assembly session to take the form of a Bill. The ordinance titled Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 is an Amendment in the section 156 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and provides that “no magistrate shall order an investigation against a person who is or was a judge or magistrate or a public servant, as defined under any other law for the time being in force, in respect to the act done by them while purporting or act in the discharge of their official duties, except with previous sanction under the section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act No 2 of 1974) or under any other law for the time being in force”As per the provisions of the ordinance, the sanctioning authority shall take a decision on the sanction of prosecution within 180 days, in case the sanctioning authority fails to do so, automatic prosecution shall be deemed to have been issued.It provides that no one shall print, publish or publicize the name, address, photograph or any other details or particulars of the judge, magistrate or public servant that can lead to the disclosure of his identity. It further states that anyone who violates the above provisions of the ordinance could be fined and / or imprisoned up to two years.As per legal experts this ordinance will render registration of cases against corrupt public servants to become an absolute right of the government. As the agencies that register cases are government agencies. The next option available to the common man was to register court complaint (istagasa) and court to order its registration under 156/3; but the new ordinance prevents that.Social activists feel that the other provision of protection of identity would prevent the media from publishing news and identity of cases of corruption. The word ‘publicize’ would also give rights to the government to act against persons writing about it on social media. The home minister could not be contacted to comment on the issue.Kavita Shrivastav, national secretary PUCL, said the if the Ordinance gives absolute complete immunity to all in government, including the political executive bureaucrats and all levels of judiciary then it is unacceptable. He said: “The govt has the responsibility of ensuring protection of fundamental rights and if there is violation in the implementation, then the people have a right to question and prosecution to make them accountable. If the ordinance gives immunity to all in govt and judiciary It will be defeated in court of law and the PUCL will scrutinize challenge it in the Rajasthan High court or Supreme Court.”How the ordinance will change things- Cases against officials are largely registered by government agencies like ACB and CID. The procedure of receiving complaint, registration of case, investigation and filing a case (chalan) takes over a year or even more. As per this ordinance, the six months period would pass, and they will go scot-free. – It will curtail the right of the common man in lodging cases against corrupt officials. Earlier the common man had the right to approach court and the court if it felt appropriate the court had the right to direct police to lodge cases. This curtails the power of the court. – It will curtail the rights of the media. The ordinance will prevent them from publishing names pictures of the officials who are accused of corruption. This will make them fearless in anonymity. – It will prevent anyone from writing on social media about corrupt officials.

Book cow vigilantes under anti-terror laws: Agniwesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social activist Swami Agniwesh today sought to equate cow vigilantes with terrorists and demanded they should be booked under the stringent anti-terror laws for allegedly terrorising people. The way cow vigilantes are terrorising people, their act should be considered a crime committed by a terrorist, and booked under the sections of law similar to that are applicable on terrorists, he said addressing a gathering here. Social organisations today organised a protest at Shahid Smarak here demanding the arrest of the cow vigilantes accused in the lynching of a 55-year-old Pehlu Khan in Alwar. The President emeritus of World Council of Arya Samaj also said that the police should also book those who sell cow without enquiring about the buyers. “There should be no politics in the name of cow,” he said. He assured the family members of Pehlu Khan that he would support them for justice. Kavita Srivastava of PUCL, Nishat Hussain of Muslim Women Welfare Society and member of Muslim Personal Law Board, Yasmin Farooqui also joined the protest. They also handed over a charter of demands, addressed to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, to the district administration.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Murder in Rajasthan by cow vigilantes: Three arrested, Raj HM offers shocking defence of mob

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 55-year-old man died at a hospital in Rajasthan’s Alwar district after allegedly being beaten by a group of cow vigilantes, with the police tonight arresting three persons in connection with the case.The deceased, Pehlu Khan, and four others, including his two sons, were beaten brutally by some locals at Behror who suspected they were smuggling cows, police officials said.Reacting on the episode, state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said it was “alright” if some people caught those who were illegally transporting animals but maintained that “no one has the right to take the law in their own hands”, even as an NGO claimed the five men were thrashed in the presence of police and demanded action against the force personnel.The incident took place on Saturday when as many as 16 people were allegedly transporting 36 bovine animals illegally in six pick up vans.They were on their way towards Haryana from Jaipur when the vigilantes intercepted two of their vehicles in Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway.Pehlu Khan, his sons Aarif (22) and Irshad (25) were in the first van, while two more persons Ajmat (28) and Sharif (24) were in the second. All of them were thrashed and their vans damaged.The remaining vans were stopped by the police in which 11 people were found and arrested under relevant sections of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, ASI of Behror police station Vikram Singh said.The five men who were beaten were admitted to a district hospital where Pehlu Khan died on Monday night. The condition of the others injured is learnt to be stable, the ASI said, adding that they had not been placed under arrest so far.Following Khan’s death, a case of murder was registered against six persons namely Om Yadav, Hukamchand Yadav, Naveen Sharma, Sudhir Yadav, Rahul Saini and Jagmal, while 200 other “unidentified” people were listed as accused.Late tonight the Alwar police arrested three persons in connection with the case. “Three accused have been arrested tonight and the hunt for others is on,” SHO Behror police station Ramesh Chand said.Home Minister Kataria said it was “alright” that some people caught those who were illegally transporting animals, while maintaining that “no one has the right to take the law in their own hands”.Police will take appropriate action against those who took law in their own hands, Kataria said. NGO People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the thrashing of Pehlu Khan leading to his death. PUCL general secretary Kavita Srivastava also demanded the arrest of SHO Behror and removal of SP Alwar over the incident.She claimed that Khan and others had documents of the purchase of animals from Jaipur which they produced before the police. “Members of VHP, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Jagran Manch thrashed them near Behror in front of the police,” she alleged, while demanding action against the police officials.Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday condemning the incident in Alwar, Rajasthan, in which a Muslim was killed over suspicion of cow smuggling and said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) doesn’t support any such violence.‘We do not support such incidents. One should respect and protect the holy cow. We do not support any such violence,’ Ahir told ANI. Resonating similar sentiments, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said that private institutions should not be involved in such acts and take the law in their hands. ‘We condemn such incidents. There are a number of states that have laws for the protection of cow. If such laws are broken then there are number of government institutions to punish the guilty,’ Yechury told ANI.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has shockingly defended the lynch mob – describing them as Gau Bhakts (cow protectors) – and blamed the victims.”The cow protectors have done a good job by protecting cows from smuggling. But they have violated the law by beating people brutally,” he told ANI.”The police had stopped few vehicles that were carrying cows. Some of them fled. The cow protectors caught them, drove the smugglers out and beat them,” he added.

Post beef rumours, city hotel sealed, manager arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged dumping of meat pieces in the open by the staff of a hotel here triggered rumours of beef cooking in the city following which the police arrested the hotel manager and another employee. No beef was found in the hotel which was sealed by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) as the owner had no licence to operate. The incident occurred late on Sunday night when members of a group, Gau Raksha Dal led by Sadhvi Kamal raised objection over the alleged dumping of meat pieces. The hotel employees denied that they had thrown any meat pieces which triggered protest by the members, police said today. Police said there were rumours of beef cooking but no beef was found in the hotel. Senior Health Officer of the JMC Rajendra Garg said that the hotel was sealed as the hotel owner had no licence to run the hotel and restaurant. The members of the Dal alleged that the hotel staffers were throwing meat in the open and cows were getting sick after consuming the remains. “The hotel manager Wasim and a cleaner Kasim were arrested under section 151 of CrPC (Arrest to prevent commission of cognisable offences) and were released by a court yesterday,” the police said. A separate FIR under section 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) was also registered but no arrest in the case has been made so far. The police action has been criticised by activists of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). “The entire action of the arrest of the two employees, registering the FIR and sealing the hotel which was running well only reflects the one-sided Hindutva agenda of the state government,” PUCL General Secretary Kavita Srivastava said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC asks Chhattisgarh govt to exhume bodies of 2 tribals,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chhattisgarh High Court has ordered the state government to exhume the bodies of two tribals and conduct their postmortem again on a plea by their relatives alleging that the police killed them in a fake encounter by branding them as Naxals. “The single-judge bench of Justice Goutam Bhaduri delivered the order yesterday on a writ petition (criminal) filed by the relatives of the deceased,” Amarnath Pandey, one of the lawyers of the petitioners, said today. Relatives said Bheema Kadti, a native of Gampud village in Bijapur district, and his sister-in-law Sukhmati Hemla, had gone to a market in Kirandul in neighbouring Dantewada district on a bicycle on January 28, but they later received information that the two were killed in a fake encounter. Pandey said the police had asked the relatives of the deceased to collect their bodies from Dantewada district hospital. However, the police had claimed the duo were Naxals and were killed in a gun fight on January 29. Subsequently, the relatives of the deceased filed the petition claiming they were not Naxals and that the encounter was staged, Pandey said. The petitioners contended they were never provided the post-mortem reports. According to them, the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in the PUCL vs the state of Maharashtra case (2014), under which autopsy should be done by two doctors in the district hospital and same should be videographed and preserved, were not followed in this case. The high court has directed the state government that the second post-mortem of the exhumed bodies should be carried out by two doctors in a district hospital, preferably at district headquarter Jagdalpur within a week of this order as considerable time has passed. Besides, it was also directed that the process should be videographed and subsequently the copy of the report should be submitted before the high court, the counsel said. The matter was posted for the next hearing after four weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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