- 43 workers of Navsarjan Trust, that works for Dalit rights, were unlawfully detained
- They were on their way to gift a picture of Gautam Buddh that was made of 125 kg soap
- They brought the gift after Dalits were asked to take a bath before attending a public meeting of UP CM
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked top officials of UP administration and police to be present before it in connection with a case of violation of Human Rights in the state.
The NHRC has summoned the UP Chief Secretary and DGP after they failed to follow an earlier direction of the NHRC calling for a report in the matter.
The matter pertains to the year 2017 when the Krushinagar administration in Uttar Pradesh gave soap and shampoo to Dalits in the area and asked them to take a bath before attending the function of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
As a mark of protest, 43 workers from Navsarjan Trust in Gujarat created a picture of Lord Buddha on 125 kg of soap and began a journey to gift it to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
They left Ahmedabad on July 2, 2017,
for Lucknow but were unlawfully detained at Jhansi Railway Station.
They were then locked up in a guest house for 14 hours.
Navsarjan moves NHRC
The organisation had filed a complaint with the NHRC for forcing the workers to get down at Jhansi
when they had a valid ticket for the journey,
for locking them up for 14 hours and not giving them food or water and abusing them while being locked up.
The complaint was filed by Dalit rights activist Kantilal Parmar.
The complaint among other things had demanded adequate
compensation as well as action against those responsible.
The NHRC had issued a notice to the UP administration and also asked it to submit a report in the matter.
But the administration never bothered to respond.
As a result, now the NHRC has summoned the
UP Chief Secretary as well as the DGP of the state to appear before it.