NHRC takes suo motu cognizance of media reports about police excesses on peaceful protestors in support of Jallikattu in Chennai; issues notices to Chief Secretary, DGP Tamil Nadu and Chennai Police Commissioner (24.01.2017)
New Delhi, 24th January, 2017
The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that after the passage of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the State Assembly, police, without any prior caution, resorted to beating, arresting and damaging private property in order to disperse a large number of people gathered at landmark places in Chennai in support of Jallikattu.
It has taken a serious view of the unprovoked police excesses and has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Government of Tamil Nadu and Chennai Police Commissioner calling for reports in the matter within two weeks.
The Commission has observed on the basis of media reports that unprovoked police action amounts to violation of human rights. The people of Tamil Nadu, particularly in Chennai, had been conducting protests over a weak demanding conducting of 'Jallikattu', a sport associated with 'Pongal' festival reflecting Tamil culture. All through, the protest was peaceful. The protectionists at Marina Beach never exceeded their fundamental right.
The visuals on television news channels show that police set on fire the huts, autos, motor cycles, vegetable shops on streets and other properties in internal streets in Chennai. Bleeding students ran for their life. Police even entered into the houses and started beating people indiscriminately. The police blocked the major routes leading to Marina Beach as well as Chennai city.