Human rights panel notice to Chhattisgarh over journalist’s arrest

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New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to the Chhattisgarh government in connection with the alleged wrongful detention and torture of a journalist who is a human rights activist.

The state chief secretary and director general of police have been asked to submit a factual report in the matter within two weeks.

According to the commission, journalist Prabhat Singh was picked up by policemen in plainclothes from his shop without notice or warning on March 21 evening.

“He was taken to the Parpa police station, beaten up and tortured all night and even deprived of food and water,” a commission statement said.

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