Varavara condemns ‘illegal detention’ of rights activists by Chattisgarh cops

Eighteen members of the Co-Ordination of Democracy Rights Organisation (CDRO), who included members of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee.

Published: 14th August 2017 09:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2017 09:18 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Eighteen members of the Co-Ordination of Democracy Rights Organisation (CDRO), who included members of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee, who visited Sukma district of Chattishgarh to find facts about the incident of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan’s alleged misbehaviour with minor girls in a school, were detained in Sukma and shifted to a community hall in Chattisgarh.

“The fact-finding committee members reached Naganoor and Palnoor on August 12. Today, they were going in three vehicles to Burkapal in Bastar range but were detained by the Sukma district police and taken to a community hall,” writer Varavara Rao said here on Sunday. Rao alleged that the police had snatched the mobile phones when the CDRO members tried to contact the SP and collector, and termed it a violation of human rights. Condemning the “illegal detention”, he demanded their immediate release.

According to Rao, a few CRPF jawans visited Sukma district to celebrate Raksha Bandhan on August 7 and three of them misbehaved with minor girls at Palnoor. A jawan even entered toilets and captured videos, he alleged and claimed that the girls, with the assistance of hotel warden, lodged complaints with the Sukuma district superintendent of police and collector. The fact-finding committee was formed as the Sukma district administration failed to take action, Rao said.

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