Bhima Koregaon violence: NHRC issues notice to Maharashtra govt over activists arrest

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Pune, Aug 29: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice to Maharastra government over the arrest of five left-wing activists in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence.

Citing media reports, the NHRC said that protocol was not followed by the state police which may amount to a violation of their human rights.

“On the basis of the media reports, the Commission has observed that it appears, the standard operating procedure in connection with these arrests has not been properly followed by the police, which may amount to a violation of their human rights, according to reports. The NHRC has now issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Maharashtra calling for a factual report in the matter within four weeks”, NHRC said in its notice to the Maharashtra government.

The development comes a day after, the Maharashtra Police held five left-wing activists — Sudha Bhardwaj, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, and Arun Ferreira.

The cops had also conducted raids at the residence of tribal rights activist Stan Swamy and Anand Teltumbde, a management professional and civil rights activist, and others.

Following the arrests, eminent personalities such as Romila Thapar, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande, Maya Darnall also approached the Supreme Court.

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