NHRC notice to UP chief secretary and DGP on scribe’s arrest

The National Human Rights Commission on 28 June has served notice to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and Director General of Police regarding the arrest and manhandling of IBN-7 Bureau Chief Shalabh Mani Tripathi and has also asked them to submit a report within a week. The two journalists Shalabh Tripathi and Manoj Tripathi were picked up by the Lucknow police late night on 26 June for highlighting the loopholes in the investigation conducted into Dr Sachan’s death. IBN-7 also reported the possibility of foul play in the death of Dr Sachan, Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Dr Sachan was found dead in the Lucknow district jail under mysterious circumstances on 22 June. NHRC received two complaints on the issue, one from Lenin Raghuvanshi, secretary general, PVCHR/JMN, Varanasi and another from Mr R H Bansal, chief editor of Human Rights observer. The Commission has observed that the complaints, if proved to be true, are in serious violation of the human rights of the victims. It had also directed the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Jail, Lucknow to explain as to why the intimation about the death in custody was not reported within 24 hours to the NHRC as mentioned in its guidelines.
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2011 on page no. 13

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