My name is Lenin Raghuvanshi. I am a human rights worker and founder and CEO of Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), Varanasi, India. On 21 April 2018 at about 11 PM, my younger brother, Kanad was badly beaten by some goons while attending a marriage ceremony in my neighbourhood, which resulted in severe head injuries involving as many as 18 stiches on his head. Kanad complained to the Police but no FIR was registered.
I came to know about the incident on 26 April 2018 when I returned from London after participating in an international symposia representing PVCHR. I went to the Cantonment Police Station and asked the reasons for not filling any FIR. Cantonment Police Station personneldirected me to visit Pahariya Police Outpost. When I reached the Pahariya Police Outpost, I was severely manhandled by three policemen. At the outset, without any rhyme or reason, one of them started misbehaving with me hurling abusive words while another one through his mobile phone was busy recording my conversation with them.
Gradually, the police personnel became aggressive; in a concerted manner, they removed their name tags and resorted to uncalled-for violence on me. I was apprehensive that my life would be in danger, and therefore, I decided to leave the place. I went out of the Outpost and while I was about to start my motorbike, one policeman pounced on me and twisted my left arm from behind and pushed my motorbike. My wristwatch wasalso broken due to this sudden attack. When I kept pleadingthat there is a rule of law and I honour the rule of law, and desired them to get in touch withthe Cantonment Police Station,the three policemen only escalated their abusive languages saying, “you have created lots of trouble for police by filling cases against us” (in relation to human rights violations). One of the policemen continued to forcibly twist my arm resulting in swell and pain in my wrist, shoulder and arm. I regret for not being able to note their names as all of them had removed their name tagsbefore resorting to brutal attack on me,.
Meanwhile, police personnel from the Cantonment Police Stationreached the spot and I requested them to get my medico-legal test done for brutal attack I had to suffer at the Pahariya Police Outpost. Instead of paying any heed to my appeal, police personnel from the Cantonment Police Station only told me to go home. Having denied basic police assistance as available in course of law, I came back home and recorded my terrible experience on Facebook in order to make this incident known to the critical mass.
At the Pahariya Police Outpost, I was surprised that the police were referring tothe false case registered against me in Delhiandlamenting that they could not do anything against him in this case.
Afterwards, on the following day at 2:51 am,I rangat‘100’Police Helpline numberfrom my mobile # +91 99355 99333, but there was no response. Later, I rangupHuman Rights Defender Desk Helpline in the National Human Rights Commission butgot no response. Later at 6.47 am, the Human Rights Defender Desk Helpline called me back me but unfortunately I could not take the call as I was sleeping under strong sedative medication owing to severe swell and pain in my wrist, shoulder and arm.
(Testimony of Lenin Raghuvanshi from his letter sent to various concerned authorities).
PVCHR took up the case of Kanad with various concerned authorities.
On 27 April 2017,the National Human Rights Commission took cognisance in the case of attack of his brother Kanad (9835/24/72/2018). FIR was also lodged in his case under section 307 (https://indiankanoon.org/doc/455468/) and 392 (https://indiankanoon.org/doc/329571/) IPC.
People from across the world condemned the heinous police attack and expressed their solidarity toDr Lenin Raghuvanshi. Tom Bailey famous Musician (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Bailey_(musician) wrote on Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi’s Facebook: “It is shocking to see that such violent abuse is used against such a tireless advocate for basic human dignity. The world is watching.”Dr Mohan Lal Panda, Advisor of PVCHR responded:“There is a section in the police force for whom lawlessness is law. They always neutralise their targets with the support of non-state actors. For them their interest and identity are above the customs, conventions and the Constitution of India. Lenin's work pricks their eyes always, so this brave heart continues to be at the receiving end.”
This is not only first time that Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi, his wife and co-founder of PVCHR, Shruti Nagvanshi and PVCHR faced intimidation and harassment from Police due to theirrelentless effortsin restoring rights of the common hapless people.
On 24 April 2013, at about 8:00 pm, three unidentified assailants made an attempt on the life of human rights defender Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi. The attack took place at the human rights defender's home in the city of Varanasi of the Uttar Pradesh in northern India (http://pvchr.blogspot.in/2013/04/india-attempted-killing-of-human-rights.html). The First Information Report (FIR) was lodged in the case # 359/13 under section 307, 452, 343 and 325 of Indian Penal Code after the intervention of the Circle Officer, Cantonment Police, Varanasi.
It is noted that on 28 February 2013, one Sunil Gupta filed habeas corpus against Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi in the Hon’ble High Court,Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh under writ petition # 8753 of 2013 (the copy of writ is annexed). On 18 March 2013, the Hon’bleHigh Court gave order against Sunil Gupta stating, “The petition stands disposed of, accordingly, her husband, Sunil Kumar Gupta, is restrained from making any kind of interference in the peaceful life and liberty of the corpus”. http://www.scribd.com/doc/132395197/Order-of-High-Court-in-case-of-sapana
Shruti Nagvanshi filed a case against Sunil Gupta in the Cantonment Police Station vide crime # 418/13 under section 66ग, 66घ, 67 of IT Act for the abusive Facebook post by Sunil Gupta for rampage with photographs. Police filed final report in this case.
On 19 June 2013, FIR was lodged against Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi and Shruti Nagvanshi in Bhelupur Police Station in crime # 199/13 under section 342, 348, 498 of IPC on the complaint addressed to the Chief Medical Officer by Sunil Gupta. (http://pvchr.blogspot.in/2013/06/fake-case-against-lenin-raghuvanshi-and.html)
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took cognisance and clubbed all the matters together in case # 42218/24/72/2012. In the case,the Hon’ble Commission summoned the Senior Superintendent of Police, Varanasi under section 13 of the PHR Act, 1993 on 20 February 2018 to explain his utter casual and callous attitude since the instant cases pertain to the year 2012 and two cases originate from the same police outpost i.e. Pahariya Police Outpost.
About Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenin_Raghuvanshi, http://lenin-shruti.blogspot.in/, www.leninraghuvanshi.com
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