Chennai: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent notices to the Chief Secretary and DGP, Tamil Nadu, over alleged violation of human rights in political rallies during scorching afternoon.

In a complaint registered by DMK, it is said that five persons died due to rallies conducted by Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK in the scorching sun.

The commission took the note of reports that several people were gathered, forced and threatened to sit for political rallies in open fields for four to five hours without drinking water and other basic facilities, leading to injuries and loss of lives.

The NHRC noted that violations happened despite the District Collectors’ orders that public should not venture out from 11am to 4pm due to the heat. The deaths were reported after Jayalalithaa’s meetings in Virudhachalam on April 11 and Salem on April 20.

NHRC has called for detailed reports, within two weeks, about the circumstances leading to the deaths.