NHRC Notice on Cop Assault on Journalist

Published: 29th July 2014 08:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2014 08:42 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a show cause notice to Odisha Government asking why monetary compensation should not be paid to journalist Subhakant Padhiary who was assaulted by police near Naveen Nivas last year.

Examining the reports submitted by police, the rights panel observed that the scribe’s human rights have been violated.

Padhiary was assaulted by the policemen while he was covering an agitation on March 25 last year.

The Commission perused the medical examination report and found that Padhiary suffered injuries in the assault.

An order of Bhubaneswar DCP, who was present at the spot, suspending two personnel of 6th India Reserve Battalion who had assaulted the public and Padhiary without any order from the competent authority was also taken note of.

The panel observed that human rights of Padhiary have been violated by the public servants for which the State must bear the liability.

The Commission issued a show cause notice to the State Government through Chief Secretary asking why a monetary relief of `25,000 should not be recommended to the victim. Response has been sought within four weeks.


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