Rights activists stage demonstration

Human rights activists staging a demonstration in Salem on Tuesday to protest against alleged police harassment. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: P. Goutham

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Condemn police ‘highhandedness’

SALEM: Condemning police ‘highhandedness’, human rights activists belonging to various organisations staged a demonstration near Salem Collectorate on Tuesday.

The activists under the banner of Federation of Defenders of Human Rights, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, said that the police allegedly foisted false cases against their colleagues, including People’s Watch president Henry Tiphagne, for organising a public hearing on police ‘highhandedness’ at 17 places, including Madurai.

Cases were registered against 25 rights activists.

Meanwhile, the police also allegedly harassed ‘kal ottars’ for thefts and other criminal activities. The entire community was brought under close surveillance of the police, thus, paving the way for their gross exploitation.

Many instances of alleged police harassment came to light in the public hearings, which were held in the State, they pointed out.

The president of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, Kolathur T. S. Mani, the president of Federation of Tamil Nadu Consumers and Environment, A. Asokan, Director of People’s Collective Ramu and others spoke.