Monday, July 13, 2009

NHRC seeks action against Naxals, compensation to kin of cops

New Delhi: Describing as a "disturbing incident" the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh that claimed lives of 30 policemen including a superintendent of police, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today called for prompt legal action against the "killers".
The Commission also felt the need for taking "immediate and suitable" measures for providing adequate compensation to families of the police personnel who were killed in the incident and hoped that government would take suitable steps in this regard.

Those seriously injured in the incident should be given "adequate financial aid", the rights body added.

"Thirty police personnel including a superintendent of police have been killed by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh while discharging their duties. This is a disturbing incident which calls for prompt legal action against the killers," NHRC said in a statement.

"The number of policemen killed by the Naxalites is a grim reminder of the need for taking immediate and suitable measures for adequate compensation to the families of these victims," it added. .

Underlining that police personnel are often exposed to high risks to their own life and also that of their families while protecting the lives of citizens, the Commission said that there was need to improve the working conditions including working hours of policemen.

"In an affidavit in the Supreme Court, this Commission had gone on record recommending suitable measures that need to be taken to improve the working conditions including working hours of policemen to instill in them the confidence that while they are engaged in protecting lives of the citizen, and their human rights--their own rights will also be duly addressed by the state," the rights body said.

It acknowledged the "vital role" being played by the police and paramilitary forces in maintaining the security in Chhattisgarh and said, "the families of the police personnel killed by the Naxalites deserve sympathy of all countrymen and the Commission hopes that they would be suitably compensated and those seriously injured would be given adequate financial aid".

Source: PTI

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