Killing of BJP supporter: NHRC issues notice to West Bengal, BJP demands investigation by NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission on Friday issued a notice to the Government of West Bengal over the killing of a supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party in Purulia on 30 May. The deceased was a Dalit boy, identified as Trilochan Mahato, and his body was found hanging from a tree and a Poster was affixed on the back of the dead 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.”

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that the Dalit boy was “mercilessly beaten till he died, allegedly, by the workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress Party in West Bengal”.

“The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, amount to gross violation of human rights of the victim. Accordingly, it has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal calling for a detailed report in the matter. The DGP, West Bengal has been asked to intimate the present status of investigation in the case and the steps taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur in future. They have been given four weeks to respond”, a statement from the country’s top human rights watchdog has said.

The Commission further stated, “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”.

Earlier on 30 May, BJP President Amit Shah condemned the killing of Trilochan Mahato who, Mr Shah said, was killed “just because his ideology differed from that of state sponsored goons”.

Meanwhile, BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya reportedly wrote to the NHRC stating that the BJP has not faith on the state government, police and the CID of West Bengal government and appealed to the Commission to “conduct  a thorough investigation in the incident.”

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