CHENNAI, OCT. 30. The Tamil Nationalist Movement leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, and two other emissaries negotiating the release of the abducted Kannada film star, Mr. Rajkumar, with Veerappan have urged the National Human Rights Commission to intervene in the Supreme Court case relating to the brigand’s demand for the release of 121 TADA detenus in Karnataka.
In an appeal to the NHRC, the emissaries including Prof. Kalyani and Mr. G. Sugumaran said the writ petitions were a matter relating to the human rights violations of 51 persons who have been in detention for long, and 70 others who are out on conditional bail.
The NHRC should highlight the human rights violations and the need to uphold the common order of the special TADA court. This would result in the release of the 51 TADA detenus and the relaxation of the bail conditions for 70 others, they said.
The intervention might also provide the Supreme Court an opportunity to order the Commission to continue with its enquiry into the human rights violations by the Special Task Force in the border areas of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu from 1992, the emissaries said.The Sadashiva Commission could not continue its probe into the alleged STF excesses in view of the stay orders issued by Karnataka courts.
Mr. Nedumaran denied reports in a section of the press that he had recently met four of the five Tamil extremists lodged in the Tiruchi prison, whose release Veerappan has demanded.
He also said he was not aware of the any letter sent by the Tamil extremists to Veerappan requesting him to release Mr. Rajkumar.
The Hindu / 31.10.2000.