The direction came on complaints filed by Henri Tiphagne, a human rights activist associated with Human Rights Defenders’ Alert and Maja Daruwala, Senior Advisor of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.
An explosion took place at the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited's (SAIL) Bhilai plant in Chattisgarh's Durg district Tuesday, leaving nine dead and 14 injured. Two more had succumbed to injuries later at a hospital.
The NHRC, headed by Justice H L Dattu asked the J&K government to provide details of the attacks on media persons in the past two years and measures taken by the state government to prevent such incidents.
In a letter written to NHRC chairperson Justice H L Dattu, Mander said in view of the impending conclusion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam, there was the possibility that “tens of thousands, maybe even lakhs of Assam residents, being declared foreigners”.
The main problem of Indian jails is overcrowding. Government statistics and reports also indicate this. According to the Prison Statistics of India 2015, there are 4,19,723 prisoners in 1,401 jails. Of these, 67.2 per cent are undertrials, who languish in jails for years.
The case concerns the death of a Pakistani prisoner named Parvat Singh Koli, son of Amar Singh Koli, who was caught by the Border Security Force from pillar no 982 on the border of the Indian territory in 2012.
A two-day “open hearing session” camp was organised by the NHRC in Ahmedabad to take up about 155 cases of human rights violations, including those of SC/ST victims, in Gujarat and adjoining Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadara & Nagar Haveli.