Bhubaneswar, October 5 (LocalWire): The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has issued a notice to the state government seeking a report by 21 October on the measures taken by it to prevent road blockades.
The direction was issued after OHRC Chairperson Justice Bimal Prasad Das and member Asim Amitabh Dash found that a road near Pratap Nagari on the national highway number 16 was blocked by a large number of people bringing the traffic to a grinding half, much to the inconvenience of the commuters.
The OHRC officials were on their way to Bhubaneswar from Cuttack by road when they noticed the blockade.
“It is not a solitary incident. Road blockade has now become a rule on the national and state highways and smooth passage is an exception,” the OHRC notice sent to the Home Department principal secretary and director general of police (DGP) stated.
Even as blocking of roads is a punishable offence, the people were doing so to push for their demands creating considerable inconvenience for the public.
“To establish the right of one person, the mob cannot violet the fundamental rights of the public in general by interrupting their free movement,” the suo motu order said.
“Protesters have many forums to put forth their grievances but they have no right to cause inconvenience to others by blocking the national highways, state highways, and other roads and obstructing the traffic,” the order said.
Although police had made arrangements for passage of the vehicle of Justice Das, other vehicles remained stranded for hours due to the protest.