Bhadrak, dec 25 (LocalWire): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued summons to the District Collector of Bhadrak to appear before it on 31 December in New Delhi for his failure in addressing the plight of Dagamunda leprosy patients in Bhadrak.
The NHRC passed the order while adjudicating a case filed by Supreme Court lawyer and social activist Radhakanta Tripathy.
The residents of Dagamunda leprosy colony, Randia, Bhadrak, are living with bare necessities and are forced to beg for survival.
They have been denied safe drinking water, right to food, shelter, health and communication facilities. Caste certificates, benefits meant for landless people have been denied to these people, Tripathy in his petition pointed out.
Tripathy requested the NHRC to direct the state authorities to ensure food, safe drinking water, health care facilities, caste certificates, shelter, approach road to the village and basic human rights of the villagers who are landless tribal leprosy patients.