New Delhi: The
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to
Chhattisgarh's chief secretary and police chief over the alleged
attack last week on social activist Swami Agnivesh by members of the
Salwa Judum civil militia.
"The commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report
alleging that a large group comprising special police officers of
Chhattisgarh police and members of the Salwa Judum attacked Swami
Agnivesh on March 26, 2011 as he attempted to deliver relief to a
village reportedly torched by the security forces in Dantewada
district," a statement said Wednesday.
"Considering the issues raised in the report, the commission today
observed that the entire incident is a matter of great concern, and
issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of
Police, Chhattisgarh calling for their factual reports within four
weeks in the matter," it added.
The report referred to the aftermath of an incident in which three
men were killed, three women were sexually assaulted and about 300
homes, granaries and woodsheds were torched by the security forces
during a five day anti-Maoist operation in the villages of Tarmetla,
Timapuram and Morpalli in Dantewada, an NHRC official said.
Swami Agnivesh had gone to the affected villages to deliver clothes,
blankets and other relief material, when he was attacked twice in
six hours by a mob at a Salwa Judum camp at Dornapal, the official
Salwa Judum is an anti-Maoist movement supported by the Chhattisgarh