Kerala government gets notice from Human Rights Commission on political killings in state

Jul 31, 2017 11:30 IST

The Kerala government and the state’s police chief have been sent notices from the National Human Rights Commission following the killing of many political workers in the state.

The NHRC stated that while a difference of opinion and healthy criticism are an integral part of a multi-party democratic political system, bloodshed in the name of political and ideological differences is neither ethical nor acceptable in a civilised society.

 NHRC issues notice to Kerala government over brutal political killing

Key Points from Commission’s Notice

• The Commission has urged the state government through its chief secretary and the director general of police to take effective steps to stop such killings.

• It has also sought a detailed response on the same from the two within four weeks.

• The panel stated that such brutal killings indicate growing rivalry among the workers of different parties and a poor state of law and order situation in the state of Kerala.

• It said that there is an urgent need to curb the ongoing violence which amounts to a violation of the right to life of the victims.

• Further, the commission stated that though the matter was already before it, still, looking at the gravity of the situation and after seeing no substantial improvement in it, it again took suo motu control over the situation.

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Background

• The commission had assumed suo motu cognizance over the matter on 25 January 2017 on the basis of media reports on the brutal killing of RSS and BJP workers in Kerala.

• The chief secretary was required then to submit a report on the matter along with the specific information on whether or not any relief had been granted by the state government to the victims or their families. The report is yet to be submitted.

• However, the commission did receive a detailed report from the Kerala police chief, which stated that the attacks targeted members of all political parties and not just members of any particular party.

• Following full examination of the report, the commission on 12 June directed the DGP to submit a list of such cases.

• The commission has also registered a case on a complaint of the BJP state President, Kummanam Rajashekaran.

• Rajashekaran had complained about incidents of vandalism at the state BJP office in Thiruvananthapuram and the killing of an RSS worker.

• The commission also directed an on-the-spot inquiry by its own team on the matter on 31 July.

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