Km. Mamata Banerjee,
Hon’ble Chief Minister,
Human Rights Defense International expresses profound concern in the manner the West Bengal government has handled the recent Canning violence (February 19-20, 2013) in South 24 Pargana district. Around 2,000 persons were rendered homeless as a result burning down of 200 houses across four villages. But attacks were evidently communally targetted because the Hindus, who are in minority in that part, were attacked. But instead of bringing the perpetrators to justice, the West Bengal Police is seen arresting and harassing the Hindus selectively.
Around 37 Hindus have been rounded up and charged under various sections. They include activists of Hindu Samhati like Shri Tapan Ghosh, Bikarno Naskar, Sourav Sasmal and Narayan Das none of whom were present even remotely at the site. As per our information the West Bengal Police was not keen on arresting Tapan Ghosh, President, Hindu Samhati. Bikarno Naskar was taken into police custody in a strange manner, which had made his family members and friends think he had been abducted.
HRDI calls upon the West Bengal Government through the Hon’ble Chief Minister-
1. Release the activists of Hindu Samhati on bail followed by withdrawing false cases against them.
2. Book the actual perpetrators immediately and bring them to justice without political considerations.
3. Set up an inquiry committee led by a sitting Judge of Kolkata High Court to prepare a time-bound report on Human Rights violation in Canning.
4. Refer the case also to State Human Rights Commission.
5. Give compensation to the victims and provide livelihood to those affected by the violence.
Rajesh Gogna, Advocate,
Human Rights Defense International,
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