The Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Thursday directed the Director General of Police (DGP) and special secretary (Home), government of Manipur to provide police protection to RTI activists and provide them a secure place.
The MHRC gave the directive in connection with a suo-motu case taken up on the basis of news reports published in various media and social media platforms.
The reports stated that two RTI activists reportedly faced reprisal after they filed RTI applications in respect to development works of Senapati district.
It has been alleged that the NSCN (I-M) mounted pressure on the two RTI activists to withdraw their RTI applications; otherwise, they may faced dire consequence, including death penalty. It is also stated that the two activists are in hiding and they have sought police protection.
After registering the case, the MHRC has asked the DGP, Manipur and special secretary (Home), government of Manipur to look into the matter and submit their respective replies by August 16.