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NIA endangered life of teen

NIA officials search the house of an alleged terrorist in Birbhum district of West Bengal on October 16.  

Officials of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) wilfully endangered the life of a 13-year-old boy during their investigations of the Bardhaman blasts, an inquiry report by the district administration has revealed.

The NIA officials had engaged a child for retrieval of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from a house in Bardhaman in October.

The State (West Bengal) Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) took cognisance of media reports of a minor being engaged by NIA officials on October 16 to explore a secret shelf in a house while searching for explosives following the blasts.

On October 20, the Commission wrote to District Magistrate, Bardhaman, Soumitra Mohan, to submit a factual report on why and under what circumstances the child was engaged in a life-threatening operation. Civil rights groups had raised the issue then and The Hindu had also reported the matter on October 21.


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