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Concern over violation of human rights


SILCHAR, May 14 - Expressing concern over the plight of the people kept inside the Silchar Central Jail as D-voters, the Hindu Legal Cell, Cachar district unit has filed a petition before the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi.

In a press release, advocate Dharmananda Deb, state convener of the cell, informed that they have observed situations wherein there is gross violation of both legal and human rights of the people kept inside the jail alongside other prisoners.

�The State Government is violating the legal and human rights of those detained inside the jail under the Foreigners� Act, 1946 and other related provisions in the detention camp at Silchar,� he said.

Further, Deb said that in order to accommodate the alleged or confirmed foreigners under the Foreigners� Act, 1946 by the designated tribunal in Assam, the Government had set up three detention camps at Silchar, Goalpara and Kokrajhar. Moreover, the Government had declared that the district central jail at Silchar will be a temporary venue for keeping the alleged persons by issuing a notification No. P1.B.149/2008/54-A, dated- April 5, 2010, but the temporary measures are continuing even after five years.

On the other hand, Ratnakar Bhattacharjee, vice president of the district committee, who filed the petition, said that in the case of two detainees, namely Suchandra Goswami and Bandana Rani Das, who were in this detention camp from May 24 to May 27, 2015 and from July 31 to August 11, 2015 respectively, the police did not issue any arrest memo which is a mandatory and important provision. The cell has made an appeal before the rights commission to intervene and bring about an immediate stoppage of the ongoing harassment meted out to such detainees in the jail.

It is learnt that, following the complaint made by the cell on September 7, 2015 on the violation of human rights, the AHRC had registered a case bearing No. 1555/2015-16 as per the instructions from the NHRC and a hearing of the case will be held on May 17 at Silchar Circuit House.

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