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As Karnataka cops wield lathi on public during lockdown, complaint filed with Human Rights Commission

As Karnataka cops wield lathi on public during lockdown, complaint filed with Human Rights Commission

May 12, 2021, 5:09 PM IST

As Karnataka Police resorted to caning public coming out during lockdown on Monday and a video of public-facing police harassment went viral, a Human Rights violation complaint was filed against the police department.

Independent activist T Narasimha Murthy speaking to Asianet Newsable said that nowhere in the Police Manual and Act it is mentioned that they can use the lathi against the public, however the police have openly been seen beating the public.

He also mentioned that to raise the matter he went to the Human Rights Commission office but due to pandemic, no officials were available.

He said when he called RK Dutta, Member SHRC, he was not available and hence he dropped the letter at the office.

Meanwhile, it is said that the Commission is contemplating suo-moto case as some other activists also raised the matter online.

The Karnataka government announced 14-day lockdown from Monday and the police to ensure the government's order is implemented, resorted to lathicharge the police and also seized vehicles.

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