NHRC seeks report from WB CS, DGP on Dinhata firing

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today sent notices to the West Bengal Chief Secretary and the state Director General of Police asking them to file their reports about firing on Forward Bloc activists at Dinhata town on February 5 this year in which at least five people were killed.

The Commission had taken cognisance of a media report stating that the activists were protesting against SEZs and big capital's entry into retail.

The report further said the deceased were in the age group of 25-65 while 50 others were wounded in the incident.

It said eight supporters of the Forward Bloc suffered bullet injuries and highlighted that the protesters were shot above the waist in an indiscriminate firing.

Those who died suffered head or neck injury, the report added.

Calling it a serious issue of violation of human rights, the Commission has given four weeks time to the two authorities for their comments.

UNI AG MSJ VC1728

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