06, Feb 2018 | CJP Team
Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has in a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), urged a suo motu notice and investigation into the perpetrated violence against minorities in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh. A copy of the complaint may be read here.
The complaint states that, “For the past five days, since Republic Day, Kasganj Kasbah town in central Uttar Pradesh has been held ransom to the politics of division and hate. CJP is in possession of a series of Videos and extracts of Facebook Posts that reveal a sinister plot to set the communal cauldron on fire. Sir, we urge that the NHRC, as a statutory body committed to the protection and promotion of human rights issues notice to the UP government and police on serious questions that arise out of the circulation of this materials and videos.”
CJP had received detailed grievances from local members of the minority community, which have been attached in a report that was also received by CJP from local residents. (This report is un-vertified and NHRC has been urged to verify these). The complaint urges that the NHRC urgently despatches a team to this central UP Kasbah town to contain the violence and ensure that the fissures and fault-lines created by this do not spill over to other parts of Uttar Pradesh.
CJP has sain in its complaint that, “as a civil rights group committed to the rule of law and equality before the law as enshrined in the Indian Constitution we urge that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) takes suo motu cognisance of this under the Protection of Human Rights Act (PHRA).“
The complaint invokes Section 12 of the PHRA “(a) inquire, suo motu or on a petition presented to it by a victim or any person on his behalf [or on a direction or order of any court]1, into complaint of (i) violation of human rights or abetment thereof; or (ii) negligence in the prevention of such violation, by a public servant.
It also quotes Section 14 (2) “For the purpose of investigating into any matter pertaining to the inquiry, any officer or agency whose services are utilised under subsection (1) may, subject to the direction and control of the Commission:- (a) summon and enforce the attendance of any person and examine him; (b) require the discovery and production of any document; and (c) requisition any public record or copy thereof from any office.”
The complaint has attached several videos etc that need to be examined as evidences and forensically be tested.
Feature Image: Kasganj (UP): More than 80 persons were arrested while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel intensified vigil in Kasganj on Sunday. PTI Photo