New Delhi, June 20 (LocalWire): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the state police department to take adequate action to ensure the safety of whistle-blowers, including journalists, human rights defenders, rights activists, RTI activists and social workers working in Odisha.
Taking cognizance of a case filed by Human Rights Watch secretary Sangita Swain, the NHRC has asked the Director General of Police to take “such action as deemed appropriate within eight weeks” to ensure the protection of those working for the larger public interest in the state.
In her complaint filed on 27 May 2019, Swain had alleged that senior officers from the state police department were filing false cases to harass activists and social workers, including the journalists.
The complaint also alleged that many activists and whistleblowers have been killed in different districts of Odisha.
Swain had requested the NHRC to initiate criminal proceedings against the concerned police authority who has been misusing its power to harass those fighting for the rights of the masses.
The complaint also requested the commission to set up a special team for all regions in India to provide immediate relief and action to ensure the protection of whistleblowers, and adequately compensate for those who have been victimised due to such false cases.