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NHRC to decide on public hearings of Seshachalam and Nalgonda encounters tomorrow

NHRC to decide on public hearings of Seshachalam and Nalgonda encounters tomorrow
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The full bench of the National Human Rights Commission will suo motu admit and enquire into the cases of encounters that took place in Seshachalam forests in Andhra Pradesh and the shooting of under trial suspected SIMI activists near Alair of Nalgonda district in Telangana for public hearing on April 23.

The full bench of the National Human Rights Commission will suo motu admit and enquire into the cases of encounters that took place in Seshachalam forests in Andhra Pradesh and the shooting of under trial suspected SIMI activists near Alair of Nalgonda district in Telangana for public hearing on April 23.


In all 25 persons who were killed by police on the same day resulting in a nationwide demand for action on the police that took part in these operations.


The full bench consisting of Justice KG Balakrishnan, Chairman NHRC; Justice Cyriac Joseph, member; Justice D Murugesan, Member and Justice SC Sinha Member who were present here for a three-day camp sitting and open hearing for the Telugu states at the MCR HRD Institute have summoned the senior police officials and district authorities from both the states for the hearing.


Inaugurating the open hearing on Wednesday, Justice Balakrishnan has said that the state must protect every citizen’s right to live and equality. “State has the fundamental responsibility to provide its people the rights enshrined in the conventions of the United Nations,” he added saying that the people get agitated when the fruits of the welfare schemes fail to reach the target groups, for instance the NREGA.

“Most lack of supervision results in such a scenario. No doubt our (NHRC) job is only recommendatory we can tell the government to do it right,” he said. He further said that the NHRC is facing a herculean task to redress 98,660 complaints that it had received during 2014. “We know that the AP government has no capital of its own, but rights have to be protected and we came here to do that,” he said without naming the Seshachalam encounter issue.

Large number complainants from both the states demanding justice from the NHRC have arrived at the public hearing on Wednesday. Complaints ranged from police atrocities, non implementation of roster system for SC and ST employees and land grabbing by Hench men of upper castes in both the states.

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