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NHRC issues notices to chief secretary, DGP

India on 25 April 2014
Location : Pune, Maharashtra, India | Source : Times of India; image source: flickr user Josh Estay

The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the state chief secretary and state director general of police over Chakan-based Right to Information activist Vilas Baravkar's suicide under pressure from public authorities in Pune. The commission has called for a report in the matter within two weeks.

The commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports regarding Baravkar's (53) , committed suicide. Baravkar (53) was found hanging at his residence in Chakan on March 25. He left behind a suicide note alleging that several prominent politicians, and retired and top serving officers of the Indian Police Service in the state were harassing him. Reportedly, in the suicide note, he has also named several persons in the note who he said were harassing him for long, the commission said in a statement issued in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The statement said a day before his suicide, Baravkar had gone to Khed tehsildar officer in connection with his work and after returning to his house in the evening he had asked his guard Suresh Jadhav, a police constable, to go back to police station. He had written the suicide note on a stamp paper of Rs 100.

The commission has observed that the contents of the note, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of an RTI activist.

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