CPI (M) protests NHRC closure of Latehar lynching case
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CPI (M) protests NHRC closure of Latehar lynching case

New Delhi, Nov 08: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) here to re-look at the matter relating to compensation for the next of kin of cow traders M. Ansari and Imtiaz Khan who were alleged victims of lynching in 2016 in Latehar in Jharkhand.

In a letter written to the NHRC Chairperson here, CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat expressed ``disappointment’’ at the Commission’s closure report on the ground that the family did not respond within the stipulated period.

``It is extremely disappointing to learn that the Commission has closed the said case…The Rs. 1 lakh compensation offered to the families is an affront to justice and, therefore, it was not taken by the family… It is shocking that the NHRC has not insisted that the meagre amount of Rs 1 lakh offered by the Jharkhand Government should be increased,’’ said Ms. Karat.

On the Commission saying that the matter was closed as the family did not respond within four weeks, she said there could be valid reasons for the family not responding in the time such as migration for work etc.

``Considering that the Commission itself has taken two years to enquire into the case, it is unfair that simply because the family has not answered within four weeks you closed the case. There may be valid reasons such as migration for work etc., which made it difficult to respond within the stipulated time. It certainly does not mean that the Commission can take for granted that the family has accepted this report,’’ she said.

``I request you to reconsider the matter to ensure that the victims' families are given adequate compensation and justice,’’ she added.

Ms. Karat had complained in 2016 to the NHRC regarding compensation to the families of the victims. (UNI)