Monday, 3 August 2009

BHRPC urges administration to look into missing case

BHRPC urges administration to look into missing case
: From our Staff Reporter
SILCHAR, July 20: Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), a human rights organization working in Asom, is deeply concerned over the report of disappearance of two labourers Paresh Das (55) and Dilip Das (45), both residents of Nandan Kanan Tea Garden area under the Jirighat Police Station in the district of Cachar-Asom. The two went missing on May 25, 2009.
Sources said the two missing persons used to buy damaged and unused utensils and other household things made of tin, steel and iron from the villages in the districts of East Imphal and Tamenglong in Manipur and sold them in Silchar.
The two left for work early on May 25 and never returned. The family members of Paresh and Dilip as well as people residing in Nandan Kanan Tea Garden are completely disturbed with the incident. They said both the missing persons were friends and partners in their small venture.
Paresh was the only bread winner of his family consisting of his 80-year-old mother Shefali Das, wife Unmoti Das (35) and a daughter Monika Das. Similarly, Dilip had to earn for his mother, wife Himani Das (29), a sister and two sons. Now they have been left to fend for themselves.
On May 26, both the Jirighat police station in Asom and Jiribam PS in Manipur were duly informed about the incident but till date no action has been taken on the matter. Local clubs and organizations got united and met the administrative and police authorities to press them into swift action.
Getting no satisfactory response, the people called for a 36-hour bandh of the NH-53 to demonstrate on June 4. Hundreds of people from neighbouring areas supported the demonstration. According to witnesses, when these unarmed peaceful people were demanding the administration to take proper actions by shouting slogans, a large number of armed para-military personnel from 72 Field Regiment of Assam Rifles camping nearby at Lalpani entered the spot and allegedly beat the demonstrators with sticks without provocations injuring about 40 people in the process including women and children, some of whom sustained serious injuries.
According to sources, when Assam Rifles personnel were threatening to open fire, a large force of Asom police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
BHRPC has strongly condemned the action and urged the administration to pay adequate financial aid and other assistance to the family members of the missing persons and to order a prompt and impartial investigation into the hulabaloo created by Assam Rifles personnel into the peaceful demonstration.

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