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They urge State Human Rights Commission to intervene and hold inquiry

Human rights organisations based in Madurai — People’s Watch and Joint Action Against Custodial Torture (JAACT) — have condemned the recent police ‘encounter’ killings in Tamil Nadu. They urged the State Human Rights Commission to intervene in the issue.

The executive director of People’s Watch, Henri Tiphagne, said the State police had gunned down Murthaza of Jharkhand near Sriperumbudur and V. Durai Murugan of Thoothukudi district in Kovalam in the same week.

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Madurai Bench of the High Court asks TNSLA to undertake the exercise and submit a report

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed the member-secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority (TNSLA) to instruct the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) to visit central prisons, open-air prisons and special prisons for women to collect the details of convicts who had not filed an appeal against their conviction.

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மதுரையில் விசாரணைக்கு அழைத்துச் செல்லப்பட்ட இளைஞர் மரணமடைந்த வழக்கின் விசாரணை சிபிசிஐடிக்கு மாற்றப்பட்டிருப்பதாக உயர் நீதிமன்றத்தில் அரசு சார்பில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டது.

மதுரை சோலையழகுபுரத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவர் முத்துக்கருப்பன் மகன் பாலமுருகன். இவரை கடத்தல் வழக்கு விசாரணைக்காக அவனியாபுரம் போலீஸார் கடந்த 2019-ல் காவல் நிலையத்துக்கு அழைத்துச் சென்றனர். பின்னர் பாலமுருகன் மர்மமான முறையில் இறந்தார்.

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The All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with the National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) expressed shock and raised concerns over the procedure adopted for the recent appointments in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

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All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) has written to President Ram Nath Kovind regarding vacancies in the National Human Rights Commission.

National working secretary of AiNNI Henri Tiphagne has urged the President to intervene to ensure that members of the appointment committee initiate a transparent process that would consider eligible candidates and their record, experience and contributions to human rights.

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Disappointed over the inquiry being conducted into the 2018 Thoothukudi firing that claimed the lives of 13 people protesting against Sterlite Copper, Madurai-based NGO People’s Watch has asked the government to constitute a fresh commission of inquiry.

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The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Saturday directed all the parties involved in the
Avaniapuram custodial death case to file their counter affidavits.

The court had taken up the matter suo motu after it was alleged the father of the victim was
coerced to withdraw his petition seeking a CBI probe into the incident that took place in 2019.


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People’s Watch has written to the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission seeking appropriate action against the erring policemen involved in the Sattankulam custodial torture and death case.

In a letter, its Executive Director Henri Tiphagne said that action should be initiated against the Judicial Magistrate, Sattankulam, and the police for the illegal manner in which the two traders, Jayaraj and Bennix, were remanded.

Head constable is a key witness in custodial deaths case

Ask why the probe agency did not interrogate police officials

Rights activists have questioned why the CB-CID did not examine senior police officials, whose alleged complicity in the firing on anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi was exposed by Mugilan hours before his mysterious disappearance.

Pointing out that over 200 people were examined by the investigating agency, the activist’s son Kaar Muhilan said all those questioned by the police were either his family’s friends or well-wishers.

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