R S Bharathi alleged there were "gross human rights" violation in election rallies held by Jayalalithaa so far.

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news TN2016 Friday, April 22, 2016 - 12:31

Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu on Thursday called for intervention from the authorities to stop political rallies in the afternoon in the aftermath of two AIADMK supporters dying of suspected sunstroke at Jayalalithaa’s rally in Salem on Wednesday.  

DMK on Thursday moved the National Human Rights Commission requesting it to 'take notice' of alleged 'gross violations' in the election campaign of AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

In his petition to NHRC Chairman, Justice H L Dattu, DMK Organisation Secretary R S Bharathi alleged there were "gross human rights" violation in election rallies held by Jayalalithaa so far.

She had held public meetings at Vridhachalam and Salem recently, when "severe heat wave persisted", Bharathy said and alleged that five persons had died in the meetings as they were made to wait under the sun for long periods.

"The conduct of the meetings at a time when there is a severe heat wave across Tamil Nadu and that too when the heat conditions are at its peak is a serious human rights violation," he said.

On the same day, DMDK also filed a petition urging both the Election Commission and National Commission for Human Rights to stop the parties from holding election campaigns at noon during the summer heat wave.

The DMDK petition criticizes AIADMK for holding election campaigns at noon without providing basic amenities to the general public, reported Thanthi T.V.

The petition was submitted senior DMDK leader V.T.Balaji on behalf of the party to the Chief Election Commissioner Rajesh Lakhani.

“People are dying due to stampede and heat wave at the campaign venues during Jayalalithaa’s rallies. The Human Rights commission should look into this matter and ban her from campaigning at noon,” said DMDK lawyer G.S.Mani, who filed the petition at NHRC to Thanthi T.V.

"The conduct of the meetings at a time when there is a severe heat wave across Tamil Nadu and that too when the heat conditions are at its peak is a serious human rights violation," alleged DMK organisation secretary R.S.Bharathi, who filed the petition on behalf of the party.

 

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