The Goa human rights commission on Monday took cognizance of deployment of central industrial security force (CISF) in Goa during the lockdown period to tackle Covid-19 crisis and sought replies from the Union and state government on April 1. The Commission issued notice to the government and posted the matter for hearing on April 1 on a complaint filed by activist Kashinath Shetye and six others.
The complainants claimed that deployment could lead to uncontrolleable civil unrest if hungry citizens are dealt with by CISF. During the hearing on Monday assistant solicitor general of India, Pravin Faldessai assured the commission that proper care and caution would be taken to avoid incidents of violence.
The complaint has sought for guidelines to be framed to prevent brutality and merciless beating without interrogation/ verifying, especially when the government notified that one person per family can go to the grocery shop and purchase daily essentials.
People are on the roads on account of lack of clarity and confusion due to constantly changing announcements about supply of essential commodities and services, with no real systematic access to food. Their anxiety and desperation levels are high, the activists stated in their complaint. The activists state that there is no riot-like situation in the state but a medical emergency.