NHRC notice to West Bengal over killing of political worker

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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of West Bengal seeking a detailed report over the killing of a boy in Purulia allegedly by the workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress Party.

Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports that the boy, belonging to Dalit Community in Purulia, was mercilessly beaten to death, the apex rights body has directed the Director General of Police (DGP) of West Bengal to intimate the present status of investigation in the case and the steps taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur in future. The officials have been given four weeks to respond.

According to media reports, the body of the boy was found hanging to a tree. A poster was also found affixed on the back of his body with a message written in Bangla language- “18 bachhor bayose BJP rajneeti. Ebar bojh” which means, “BJP politics at the age of 18. Now take this.” He was a worker of Bhartiya Janta Party and he had called the family over telephone stating that he was abducted by a group of men on bikes.

The commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, amount to gross violation of human rights of the victim.

The Commission also observed that India is a democratic country. Difference of opinion and ideology are obvious in a multi-party democratic political system. Bloodshed in the name of political differences is neither desirable nor acceptable in a civilized society.

Brutal killings of the party workers in such a manner are indicative of deficient law and order situation in the state, which does not allow rival political parties to exercise their political rights. Right to life of the poor Dalit victim has been grossly violated, which is a glaring instance that law enforcing agencies have failed to protect the precious human life.

According to the media report, carried on May 31 that violence continues in Purulia even after the Panchayat elections are over. Several other local BJP leaders have been threatened after the BJP won many seats in the district. The father of the deceased has alleged that his son was killed by the workers of the Trinamool Congress. They had also threatened to kill him on the polling day. The BJP leaders have leveled allegations against the Trinamool Congress party stating that the deceased was killed just because his ideology differed from that of the state-sponsored goons.

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