NHRC notice to the Government of Kerala over reported assault and gruesome killings of RSS and BJP workers (25.01.2017)

PRESS RELEASE




New Delhi, 25th January, 2017

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report about the incidents of assault and gruesome killings of the RSS and BJP workers in the State of Kerala. Reportedly, an RSS ideologue has demanded urgent intervention of the Backward Commission and National Human Rights Commission into alleged political violence, which has claimed several lives in Kerala.
Expressing its concern over the incidents, the Commission has observed that such gruesome killings of RSS and BJP workers, as alleged in the news report, are indicative of violation of right to life of the victims. State is duty bound to protect the Right to Life, Equality and Dignity of its citizens.
Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Government of Kerala calling for detailed reports in the matter within four weeks, specifying as to what preventive steps have been taken by the State Government, so that such incidents do not reoccur.
The Chief Secretary is also expected to inform whether any relief in these matters has been granted by the State Government to the victims and their families.
According to the media reports, carried on the 25th January, 2017, the RSS Joint Secretary at a sit-in protest has reportedly urged the people in the State to demand President's Rule against alleged political violence. The protest was organised by the Hindu groups in front of Kerala House in New Delhi.
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