Human Rights

Child Rights’ Commission chief shocked, wants explanation

New Delhi (14 June 2011): A three member delegation seeking urgent intervention of the national commission for protection of child rights (NCPCR) met its chairperson, Prof. Shantha Sinha, here today afternoon. The delegation led by Mahtab Alam, member of the Committee for Justice to Forbesganj Police Firing Victims and comprised of Mansi Sharma, Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) and Sohaib Ahmed, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) submitted a written complaint to the Commission.

Accepting the complaint Prof. Sinha said, “I am shocked to know the details of the killings. It is really disturbing.” Ensuring her part of action, she promised to write the Government of Bihar asking explanation of the killings and report on the actions taken so far. “I will write to the government today itself and get back to your at the earliest,” she promised. She was equally surprised over the total black out of the news by national and mainstream media.  

The delegation in its complaint has requested, “Given the gravity of the situation and involvement of children in the incident, we seek your urgent intervention in to the matter. Hope you will use your good offices and mandate to ensure justice to the victims of Forbesganj police firing”. The Committee for Justice to Forbesganj Police Firing will be also meeting to the Chairpersons of the National Commission for Women as well as the National Commission for Backward Classes, in coming days.

On 3rd June Five (including the unborn baby) people, a woman and an infant were killed in police firing in Forbesganj block of Ariara district of Bihar. Naushad Ansari, s/o Tahine Khatoon and Siddiq Ansari –age 7 months, was in his mother’s lap as she was returning from the Hospital. He received two bullets in his back and Naushad died. Shazmin Khatoon, w/o Farukh Ansari, 27 yrs, was also killed in the firing. She was 6 months pregnant. She got 6 bullets; four bullets were in the head. Her brain came out. Her skull was broken with rifle butts while she lay on the ground. Shazmin has left behind her 3 small children. Many of the injured also include children. 

On Monday (13 June 2011) a number of Activists, Students and Teachers staged a protest at Bihar Bhawan here against the police firing and demanded Time bound judicial probe and arrest of Police personnel.  They also submitted memorandum to the Governor of Bihar through the resident commissioner seeking his urgent intervention in to the matter.

On behalf of Committee for Justice to Forbesganj Police Firing Victims
Mahtab Alam (9811209345) and Afroz Sahil (9891322178)

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