Civil rights activists and some locals from Tehatta in West Bengal’s Nadia district, where one person died in police firing on November 14, urged chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission Justice (retired) Asok Kumar Ganguly here on Monday to send a fact-finding team to the area for an impartial inquiry into the incident.
“So far, the inquiries announced by the State government are routine ones. We have serious doubts whether they will serve any purpose or are just an eye-wash,” Ranajit Sur, secretariat member of Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), a civil rights organisation, said.
Though the State government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had virtually justified the police action.
Stating that an eight-member team of the APDR had visited the area on November 15, Mr. Sur said the WBHRC asked the representatives to hand over the report compiled by them to the Commission.
“We will submit our report on Wednesday,” he said. There has been serious violation of human rights in the manner a person was killed and the continuing police atrocities on the locals,” Mr. Sur said.
A resident of Tehatta area who accompanied the delegation to the WBHRC, Gautam Biswas said the police had attacked his house after the violence on November 14 and misbehaved with his family members. “My house is located about 1.5 km from the area where the police firing occurred. Hours after the incident, police raided my house and destroyed my motor bike and other belongings,” Mr. Biswas said.
“I had gone to the Commission as I have nowhere else to go. When the police are committing atrocities, who else do you approach?” he said.