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NGO blames govt for violence

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Call for Justice submits report to Governor P. Sathasivam

Call for Justice, a non-governmental organisation, has blamed the State government for the political violence in Kerala. They claim that the alleged failure of the law-enforcing agencies has worsened the situation.

The New Delhi-based organisation had undertaken a fact-finding mission by a committee, led by former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir B.C. Patel, and interacted with victims of political violence and their family members in Kannur. A report compiled by the committee was submitted to Governor P. Sathasivam on Saturday.

The panel also comprised T.D. Dogra, former Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences; B. Gopakumar Pillai, Deputy Advocate General, Chhattisgarh High Court; academician Prabha Kumari; and activist Siddharth Dave.

Addressing a press conference, former Gujarat High Court judge Suresh Soni, who is an office-bearer of the NGO, said several surviving victims and their family members feared for their lives and were reluctant to seek justice.

Among its recommendations, the panel demanded that cases of political violence be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The report compiled by the committee, which was accessed by The Hindu, showed that the case studies, numbering around 60, were limited to incidents in which activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were the victims.

However, Ravi Harjai, managing secretary of the NGO, claimed that the organisation was not inclined to any political party. The endeavour only sought to highlight the human rights violations that had come to light in the region.

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