NHRC issues notice on journalist’s arrest

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday served a notice on the Chhattisgarh government and the State’s Director General of Police (DGP) in connection with the “illegal arrest, detention and torture of a progressive journalist,” Prabhat Singh, by the Bastar police.

A statement published on the NHRC website on Wednesday said the notice was sent based on a complaint that activists were being targeted for doing legitimate work as defenders of tribal rights in the State. The Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police, Chhattisgarh, have been given two weeks to submit a factual report.

The Amnesty International India has also demanded the immediate release of Mr. Singh. “Authorities in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh must immediately look into serious allegations of torture, drop charges against journalist Prabhat Singh and release him without delay,” said Ms. Tara Rao, Programmes Director.

‘False cases’

The police are taking a “sort of revenge” against Prabhat Singh for his impartial and fearless reporting from the conflict-torn Bastar region, his lawyer Kishor Narayan, said on Wednesday. “Every case against him is manufactured. The cases were slapped on him to stop him from reporting against the police,” said Mr. Narayan.