Lawyers For Human Rights International (LFHRI) moves NHRC for whereabouts of illigally detained persons. Concerned at the picking up of over 150 persons by the Punjab and the Chandigarh police for questioning in the wake of the arrest of Jagtar Singh Hawara,
Lawyers for Human Rights International (LFHRI), today moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking status report about their whereabouts and protection of their lives and liberties.These persons were forcibly and illegally picked up by the police as per the information received by LFHRI. These persons had been picked up for interrogation without the knowledge of their relatives and they could be eliminated.
Several of the these persons had been picked up by an Inspector posted in Fatehgarh Sahib district who is facing trial in a murder case in the Sessions Court here.
It was alarming that the Punjab police was using a police officer who was an accused of the state for the interrogation of these persons.
It is pertinent to mention here that a case relating to cremation of unidentified bodies in Punjab is still pending with the NHRC.It may be recalled that certain relatives of accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, who were illegally detained by the Punjab police in the wake of Hawara’s arrest, were got released by filing habeas corpus in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and using other civil rights powers.
The LFHRI urged the commission to order a high-level inquiry into the arrests in the interests of justice.