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Human rights protection needs police reform, says Justice Balakrishnan

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson Justice K.G. Balakrishnan has said steps should also be taken to increase the number of police personnel in various parts of the country to expedite the process of fast investigation and hearing for conviction of criminals.

Justice Balakrishnan, who was speaking on the occasion of NHRC Inter-Central Armed Police Forces Debate Competition on Human Rights held here yesterday, said that criminal justice system needs to be corrected to ensure speedy trial by setting up more courts.

Congratulating the winners of the debate competition, Justice Balakrishnan said that despite the challenges of their duties, the security forces should not compromise with the rule of law and human rights.

” People only with a narrow mind can say that national security will be compromised by respecting human rights. Role of security forces in upholding human rights is well defined. The security forces have to operate in difficult situations, but for these special powers have also been given to them to deal with extreme situations,” said Justice Balakrishnan.

“Counter terrorism and counter intelligence should not undermine the democratic rule of law,” he added.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) bagged the overall best team rolling trophy winning the final round of All India Inter-Central Armed Police Forces Debate competition in Hindi and English, organized by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) under the aegis of National Human Rights Commission.

The topic of the debate competition was ‘Human Rights can be observed by Para Military Forces only by endangering national security’.

Among the individual honors, the first prize for debate in English went to SSB Deputy Commandant Neeraj Chand and in Hindi to CRPF Head Constable Santosh Verma.

The second prize in English went to CISF Assistant Commandant Anil Kumar and in Hindi to CISF Sub-Inspector Rekha Sharma. The third prize in English went to NSG Captain T. Krishna and in Hindi to CISF Assistant Commandant Deepak Sawalakhia.

The consolation prize in English went to Major Bhargav A., NSG, and in Hindi to Inspector Anil Kumar Rana, ITBP.

The winners were decided by the three-member panel of jury headed by Justice K.G. Balakrishnan with A.K. Suri, former Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir and Director General, RPF and Prof. B.T. Kaul, Faculty of Law, Delhi University as members.

The NHRC has been organizing this debate competition in Hindi and English since 1996. The debate is initially conducted at eight zonal levels and short-listed 64 debaters and then the semi final and final rounds are conducted.

The responsibility to hold debate under the aegis of the NHRC is entrusted to one of the Para Military Forces on rotation, and this year the SSB shared this responsibility. (ANI)