The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Home Ministry for alleged violation of rights after taking cognizance of reports of security men trussing bodies of Naxals to poles.

The Commission has sought a reply from the Secretary of Home Ministry by July 27, on the issue, an NHRC statement said here on Tuesday.

It took cognizance of media reports depicting photographs of security men carrying bodies of Naxalites, including women, with their hands and feet tied to bamboo poles after an anti-Naxal operation in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district.

The Commission observed that “the report, if true, raises a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victims”, the statement said.

Security forces had gunned down 12 Maoists, including three women, in a fierce encounter in Ranja forest of Salboni in West Midnapore on June 16, almost a year after anti-Naxal operations were launched in the district in West Bengal.

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