The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Assam government taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that two persons lost life after an eviction drive conducted by the state authorities near Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam.
Two persons — Anjuma Khatun and Fakhruddin — lost their lives after the police force resorted to fire tear gas shells to disperse the people protesting against the eviction drive at Banderdubi and Deochurchang villages following a Gauhati High Court order on September 19.
NHRC notice seeking report
The notice was sent through through Assam’s chief secretary and Director General of Police and asked to submit a detailed report in four weeks.
‘They (state authorities) have also been directed to ensure that the rights of the people relating to their life, dignity and equality are not violated during the process of their eviction,’ said a statement of NHRC.
The commission has observed that it seems that the district administration and the police authorities have not acted in a sensible manner. ‘Due to their negligence, two persons have lost their lives. This amounts to violation of Right to Life of the poor residents,’ it said.
Besides, the opposition, students’ organizations and others have condemned the act of the government to kill the villagers in the name of eviction.