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New Delhi : The Chhattisgarh government on February  3 informed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that it has prepared a six point Action Plan to ensure that human rights are adequately protected in Bastar. As an urgent measure, the state government has given standing instructions to the Special DGP/Additional DGP (Naxal Operations) to immediately recommend action to the Additional DGP (CID) in a case of gross violation of human rights wherein the action is found to be slow, lacking or inadequate at lower levels.

Director General of Police (DGP) will organise training and orientation of the police force posted in Bastar division to sensitizes them on the human rights issues and to ensure that human rights are not violated in the course of their duties.

All police officers will ensure that human rights are not violated in the course of their work, be it in Naxal affected areas or elsewhere. Human Rights violations will be inviting consequences. There will be a clear, separate entry in the Annual Performance Assessment of All Indian Police Services and State Police Service Officers about their performance on human rights issues, according to an NHRC release.

A district level Human Rights Protection Committee headed by a District Magistrate/Collector has been constituted in each of the seven Naxal affected districts of Bastar to receive complaints on human rights issues and to make suggestions to the state government for taking necessary action. This committee comprises six district level administrative, police, law officers and two- three eminent citizens. A state Human Rights Protection Committee has also been constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary,  General Administration Department, Chhatisgarh

The senior officers of the Chhattisgarh government, who attended the hearing of the National Human Rights Commission on  January 30, 2017, were directed to inform by February 3, 2017, about the Action Plan of the state government to protect human rights in Bastar in the wake of the allegations of police hostility against civil society representatives including academicians and journalists.

The Commission in its suo motu cognizance of the reported allegations had observed on November 16, 2016, that it was deeply disturbed by the state of affairs in Chhattisgarh over last one year or more, according to NHRC release.

 

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