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NHRC summons Tripura Chief Secretary
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), acting on MANAB's complaint, related to an attempt to commit murder of an RTI activist cum human rights defender, Sanjit Debbarma and consequent police inaction to protect the activist in remote Tripura, has issued summons under Section 13 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. They require the Chief Secretary of Government of Tripura to appear personally before the NHRC on 1st March, 2013 at 11am. MANAB is a West Bengal-based human rights organisation.

The NHRC has been constrained to resort to such coercive measure because of the failure of the Chief Secretary, Tripura to respond to its directive dated 20/07/12 wherein the Commission asked the Chief Secretary to send a thorough and substantive response on all points raised in its proceedings in relation to the complaint relating to the attempt to commit murder of Sanjit Debbarma. It was followed by police inaction to protect the activist and the consequent violation of the NHRC directive.

The Commission was cautioned to resort to coercive measure in case of failure of the chief secretary to respond to its directive. Manab founder Amitra Sudan Chakraborthy deplored that although the Commission in its order stated that if the report is received on or before 1.3.2013, then the personal appearance of the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Tripura shall stand dispensed with, there was no response.

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