Thursday, October 8, 2020

Human Rights Commission is likely to investigate the matter of scuffle seized between COVID warriors and Director Transport

TMI Bureau

Port Blair, Oct 07: A local NGO SAHYOG has filed a complaint with Human Rights Commission, New Delhi in the issue of scuffle between 13 Nos. COVID-19 warriors and Director Transport, which was reported on Oct 3, 2020 in the evening around 7 pm at Bhatu Basthi Parking area.

Background as per sources: "On Oct 03, 2020 at about 7 pm, the STS bus being used to prevent COVID-19 is parked after the staff of STS noticed some smoke from the Bus at Bhatu Basthi parking area, while coming back from sanitization work. As per report that the Director of Transport who was crossing Bhatu Basthi at the meantime found a bus of STS parked by road side. The DoT got down from his car and entered that bus to understand the reason behind parking of the bus. Sources, said during the clarification, a verbal quarrel look place between DoT and COVID-19 Sanitization staff over unknown matter. It is learnt that the angered DoT slapped a health staff in the bus, where the scuffle begin. If citizens believed, there are many among public near Bathu Basthi parking area also witnessed and involved in scuffle. A case has been registered at PS Pahargaon against the 13 Nos. COVID-19 warriors in that Bus".

However, the Human Rights Commission, New Delhi have accepted & registered the case and about to inquire the matter soon. The NHRC has registered the case vide case number 12/26/4/2020 officially.

There are many including members of SAHYOG NGO, and other general public on the spot are claiming that the first attack was made by the Director of Transport, Dr. Navlendra Singh. The Health Department, however have already refuted the allegation that "Director Transport was attacked by the Health Workers, present in the STS bus used for COVID-19 sanitization works".

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