Ensure availability of doctors in Chhattisgarh jails: NHRC

Raipur, April 11 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday directed the Chhattisgarh government to ensure availability of doctors in state-run jails.

The direction came from NHRC Chairperson Justice K.G. Balakrishnan when he was told that the Dantewada jail, some 345 km from here, had only a part-time doctor.

Chief Secretary Sunil Kumar was directed to ensure that doctors were made available for conducting proper health check-ups of inmates in jails.

A three-member NHRC team led by Justice Balakrishnan was hearing the cases of alleged human rights violations in Chhattisgarh.

The commission heard a total of 26 cases. The hearing will continue Friday.

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