Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognisance of a complaint of unprovoked lathicharge, firing and pelting of stones by police on July 7 and 8 on the villagers of Ghaziabad district, who were protesting against acquisition of their land and habitats by the Uttar Pradesh Government.

The NHRC has asked the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to furnish within six weeks, if any plan has been formulated for give compensation and rehabilitate those dislocated owing to mega projects.

The petitions were separately filed by the former president of People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Justice Rajinder Sachar, Dr. Vandana Shiva of the Research Foundation for Science and Technology and Meera Singh Sengar, general secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Mahila Congress.

The Commission has also sought a factual report from the Chief Secretary and DGP on the alleged police high-handedness.