Rights group appeals for African detainees’ release

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Civil rights group, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Monday appealed to the Indian government to release a dozen Africans held in detention centre in Delhi. The detainees have threatened to go on hunger strike from June 1.

The 12 African languishing in a foreigners’ detention centre in the Indian capital, had written a letter in March to President Pratibha Patil, (then) Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, the home ministry and their respective embassies, complaining about ill-treatment at the Lampur detention centre.

They had claimed that they were being detained despite being either acquitted or discharged after completing their sentences.

The civil rights group said that the African detainees will now start their hunger strike as no action has been taken so far. ‘Their hunger strike begins tomorrow as no action has been taken in the matter,’ it said in a press release.

‘PUCL again appeals to the lieutenant governor of Delhi, the union home minister and the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission to intervene in the matter and come to the rescue of the detained foreign nationals and save their human rights before the situation goes out of hand,’ it added.