Two hundred villages marooned in Odisha floods

Bhubaneswar: Over two hundred villages were marooned and fifty thousand people affected as two major rivers on Tuesday breached in Odisha.

While the river Baitarani breached at Patapur under Dasarathpur in Jajpur district, the flood waters of Sathie Bankuda washed away the river embankment at Bhadrak, inundating periphery villages.

Reports from the western Odisha district of Baragarh said flood waters of Jeera river entered the district headquarters town, forcing the people to take shelter on rooftops.

According to state special relief commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, nearly 15,000 people were shifted to safer places by the rescue teams.

“The government has taken all possible steps to protect the life and property of the people. Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and National Disaster Response Force have been sent to vulnerable areas to assist the administration in relief and rescue operations,” the SRC Mr Mohapatra said.

Jajpur district collector A.K. Samal said the around 50 villages were affected by the 150-feet Baitarani river breach at Patpur.

“The district administration has moved about 10,000 people to cyclone shelters, schools and other high-rise buildings. Efforts are on to rescue 10-15 people stranded on rooftops,” Mr Samal said.

Reports from Kalahandi district said flood situation improved a little as water level in the overflowing Hati river started receding on Tuesday.

“There are no rains in the state since the morning. We hope the flood situation would improve in the next 24 hours,” the SRC said. At least three people have died in the current Odisha floods.

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NHRC notice to Maharashtra Government over tribal teenager’s death due to police torture

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that Babu Thakre, a tribal boy of 16 years age, was tortured in police custody and succumbed to his injuries in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. However, reportedly, his detention came as a case of mistaken identity. The police had received a tip-off that a man named Babu has stolen two kilogram of gold. But instead of going after the known criminal Babu, who lived in the same neighbourhood, they went after the teenager. He was picked up by two constables and was tortured during interrogation. Subsequently, he was asked to come to police station for further questioning. On June 21st he even made a failed attempt to suicide by hanging and later died at a hospital.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the newspaper report, if true, raise a serious issue of human rights of the teenager and next of his kin. A notice has been issued to the Principal Secretary (Home), Government of Maharashtra calling upon him to submit a detailed report within four weeks.

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Guru Gobind Singh Refinery Pollution : NHRC notices to the Governments of Punjab and Haryana and HPCL

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that Guru Gobind Singh Refinery, Bhatinda, Punjab is emitting heavy smoke and therefore, causing asthma, cough, eye infections and allergic conditions to the residents of 12 villages in Dabwali Assembly segment of Sirsa in Haryana. The Refinery, owned by the Hindustan Mittal Energy Limited, is a joint venture the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and Mittal Energy Investment Private Limited, Singapore.

Reportedly, neither the Government of Haryana nor the Government of Punjab have taken any action to address the problems of the residents of these villages. The Refinery is least bothered about the health hazards. Allegedly, on the 21st June, 2014, due to a blast in the Refinery, metal splinters measuring one feet fell in the villages.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of right to life of the residents of these villages. It has issued notices to the Chief Secretaries of Governments of Punjab and Haryana and CMD, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited calling upon them to submit a detailed report within four weeks.

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NHRC notices to Karnataka CS and DGP over sexual assault of a girl in her school in Bengaluru

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that one six year old girl was sexually assaulted by two male staff in a private school at Bengaluru, Karnataka on the 2nd July, 2014. The sexual assault was confirmed when on complaints of stomachache and fever the parents took the girl to a hospital.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of a child who was allegedly sexually assaulted by the teachers in her school. The act of the male staff attracts penal provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. It has issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Government of Karnataka and District Collector, Bengaluru calling for a report within two weeks.

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NHRC notices to Andhra Pradesh over corporal punishment to visually impaired students

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that three visually impaired children, below 10 years of age, were mercilessly caned by the Coordinator and Principal of a residential school for blinds in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report raise a serious violation of human rights of children who became victim of corporal punishment. It has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh and District Magistrate, Kakinada calling for a report in the matter within four weeks.

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