(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 19, 2011
Approaches NHRC on
K G Balakrishnan, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, has
necessary action in case of the blatant violation of human rights in
The memorandum submitted by Brinda Karat and Hannan Mollah to the NHRC follows.
This is to
intervention to bring justice to the villagers of Bhajanpur and
The police firing was on a group of people protesting against the forcible acquisition of land by the government for a factory in the area. Of the 85 acres forcibly acquired by the government, the local BJP MLC, one Ashok Aggarwal, had leased 35 acres for his factory. It was to advance his interests that the police fired. He himself was present at the spot and the police took action on his commands. This is a shocking example of how powerful and unscrupulous leaders of the ruling combine utilise the state machinery for their own ends. The land was taken at a pittance from the villagers. Part of the land is reportedly being used by the people as a connecting road with the outside world. In both villages a large majority belong to the minority community.
On June 3,
gathered in a protest at the factory gate. The police opened fire.
Khatoon was returning, with her six months old baby in her arms, from
hospital. The police fired on her. The bullet pierced her hand and hit
baby. He died a day later. She has been admitted in a hospital in
A fact finding team from the CPI(M) and the Kisan Sabha had visited the area on June 6. The team has confirmed the unwarranted and unprovoked nature of the police action at the behest of the ruling combine’s leaders in the area. No senior members of the administration have cared to visit the families. There is no dialogue with the villagers and worst of all no action has been taken to lodge FIRs against the guilty police personnel or the MLC, Ashok Aggarwal. An FIR under charges of murder must be registered against Aggarwal and the police involved, if the ends of justice are to be served.
It is for these reasons that the intervention of the NHRC is urgently required. We request you to take the appropriate measures. As a step of immediate relief we request you to ensure adequate compensation for the victims, all of whom belonged to very poor worker families.