NHRC issues notice to Chhattisgarh Govt. over arrest of journalist in Bastar

New Delhi, Mar.23 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice to the Government of Chhattisgarh on a complaint drawing specific attention to the illegal arrest, detention and torture of a progressive journalist by police in Bastar on March 21 and alleging that human rights defenders are been targeted for doing their legitimate work as defenders of tribal rights in the state.

The Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh have been given two weeks time to submit a factual report in the matter.

The complainant has alleged that the victim journalist and a Human Rights Defenders Prabhat Singh, were picked up from his shop by policemen in plain clothes without any notice or warning about 6 p.m.

He was taken to Parpa police station, beaten up and tortured all night and even deprived of food and water.

The complainant has requested the commission for its immediate intervention, impartial investigation and action against those found guilty of violation of human rights of the victim. (ANI)

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