City police commissioner A K Khan said on Friday that the police had made mistakes while tackling the Telangana agitators on the Osmania University campus. Khan was speaking at the State Human Rights Commission’s sixth foundation day and said the fact-finding committee set up by the SHRC at midnight had helped in controlling the situation.
The Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission that started with taking suo moto cognizance of N Ritika’s case, a four-year-old who was run over by a van in 2005, completed six years of its formation on Friday. Officials said the number of petitions landing at SHRC had been increasing, with as many as 16,381 petitions filed in 2010 alone, an eight-fold rise from the numbers in 2005.
Officials said of the 30,991 petitions the commission had received since its inception, 18,500 had been disposed. They said there was a change in the kind of petitions the commission had been receiving in the recent past, with more and more people approaching the panel with land grabbing and pending civil court cases.
“The commission is now following a policy of disposing the case on the same day of the petition being filed. Decisions are taken immediately on whether or not the petition will be entertained, and reports are called for immediately,” said Kakumanu Peda Peri Reddy, acting chairperson of the commission.
Referring to the number of cases involving government departments, B Sudershan Reddy, former Supreme Court Judge, said, “The commission should reach out to more people and act as a neutral body.”
The APSHRC that started with just 13 staffers in 2005 now has 249 employees. B Subhashan Reddy, former chairperson of SHRC, said, “It started with just 10 cases and now entertains more than 15,000 cases a year.” TOI