The Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) comprising of Retired District Judge
A.D.Salkar and Mr.J.A Keny will on 18th October at 11 am hear the complaint
that police personnel deployed at the just concluded BRICS summit in South
Goa were being made to work very long hours amidst pathetic and very
appalling working conditions.
The GHRC has already issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director
General of Police and sought an urgent detailed report from them over the
very inhumane treatment meted out to those police personnel.
The GHRC also directed the Secretary of the Commission Siddhivinayak Naik
along with Deputy Superintendent of Police Kiran Poduval attached to the
Commission to visit the sites and submit a detailed report about the
working conditions of the police personnel posted on duty for the BRICS
In the complaint to the GHRC it has been stated that the police personnel
were made to work very long hours which needless to say had taken a toll on
their personal lives with even a 25 year old police constable Jeevan
Gaonkar suffering a heart attack.
Despite the GHRC having more than once reminded the Government that police
personnel are Human beings and should so be treated, the authorities failed
to make all proper arrangements including food, water and toilet facilities
for the police personnel.
While the Government went overboard in making all arrangements for the
visiting dignitaries, it had conveniently neglected to cater to the basic
fundamental and human rights of its own police personnel.
The authorities have lost sight that police personnel too have a personal
life and that the Government cannot be allowed to be a cause for ruining
their health and lives while acting in grave and gross Human Rights
violations of the Police personnel in the State.
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