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Tamil Nadu human rights body pulls up cops for vandalising vehicles, seeks report

The Tamil Nadu Human Rights Commission has sought a report into instances of police personnel vandalising vehicles that were found to be violating the prohibitory orders in Dharmapuri last week.

Tamil Nadu human rights body pulls up cops for vandalising vehicles, seeks report

Videos even showed police officials going on rounds and hitting two-wheeler drivers with lathis for violating the prohibitory orders. (Photo: Akshaya Nath/India Today)

The Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has sought a report from the DGP over an incident in Dharmapuri where a bike was vandalised by the police for violating prohibitory orders. The TNSHRC in its notice has said that the lathicharge against the bikers in Dharmapuri was "unacceptable" and "violated a person’s human rights".

In the letter, thee TNSHRC said, Call for a report from the Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Superintendent of Police, Dharmapuri District within 2 weeks...the matter will be listed for further consideration before this commission after 4 weeks. Before that date, you are required to submit the report by post without fail.

The TNSHRC notice is based on a few incidents in Dharmapuri where police lathicharged two-wheeler drivers in the area. Multiple clips of police officials using brutal force on citizens sent shockwaves amongst the people in the region. Videos even showed police officials going on rounds and hitting two-wheelers with lathis for violating the prohibitory orders.

It was not just Dahrmapuri but in Tiruvallur district too that punishments were given to violators of prohibitory orders. In Tiruvallur, violators were made to climb trees as punishment.

While there have been several instances of police brutality, the state has also seen officials spreading awareness using innovative methods as well. Chennai had seen a cop wearing a helmet which looked like the coronavirus and as he carried a shield and other gears to symbolise the virus, he also created awareness about the disease among the people who were stopped by his team from venturing out during the lockdown.

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