Rastrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
Subject: Urgent Appeal Regarding Serial Blasts in Assam on 30 October, 2008.
Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), a human rights organization working in Assam, categorically condemns the horrendous massacre caused by serial blasts in Assam on 30 October, which took lives of about 80 people, injured nearly 400 and burnt to ashes hundreds of shops, cars and other properties. This act is a blow to the humanity and a challenge to the Indian state to uphold and adhere to the tenets of democracy and human rights. Such acts of terror are committed with intent to establish anarchy by terrorizing the whole society and defeating the rule of law.
The blasts in Assam on 30 October, are another in the series of tragic blasts in which scores of people have been killed. BHRPC demands that the guilty be punished. The guilt should be determined in due process of law which is universally recognised as necessary to protect human rights of the suspects/accused. Human rights of the suspects can not be done away with. In countering terrorism the state often succumbs to the design of the terrorists by failing to respect the human rights of the people including the accused. When this happens the terrorism triumphs, because the state itself does the act of terror. More over, failure to respect human rights creates breeding ground of terrorism. At the same time it seems that our investigating agencies are ignoring some other things very crucial in the matters of investigating the acts of terror.
We recall here some of such facts:
Manidra Shankar Gupta
1. The Prime Minister of India, New Delhi
2. The Home Minister of India, New Delhi
3. Smti Sonia Gandhi, The Chairperson of the UPA New Delhi
4. Justice S. Rajendra Babu, The Chairperson, NHRC,New Delhi
5. The Media