New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) will inquire into an incident of police
firing in which at least four students were killed and about
50 injured in Barpeta town of lower Assam recently.
Taking cognizance of the incident on the basis of a
complaint, the Commission has asked the Director General of
its investigation unit to collect the "relevant reports"
relating to the firing within eight weeks.
The complaint was filed by a rights activist and lawyer
Radhkanta Tripathy in connection with the incident on July 7.
The Commission directed its DG (investigation) to collect
reports about the incident on August 20.
At least four students were killed and 50 injured in
Barpeta town when police opened fire on protesters who tried
to stop updating of the National Register of Citizens on July.
Three students died on the spot while another succumbed
to his injuries at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital.
Trouble erupted when a group of All Assam Minority
Students Union (AAMSU) activists allegedly pelted stones and
set ablaze a building in the premises of the deputy
commissioner`s office in a bid to stop updating of NRC work
in progress there.
Tripathy, in his petition, accused the state authorities
of having a "high-handed attitude" towards the members of the
minority communities especially students in the state and
urged the Commission to intervene to protect their rights.
He pleaded the commission to conduct an investigation
into the circumstances in which police resorted to opening
fire at the agitating students.
According to police, they opened fire when they failed to
disperse the rampaging protestors using teargas shells.
The NRC is being updated to identify and enlist Indian
citizens in the state. In March, the Assam Assembly passed a
resolution urging the Centre to update the NRC of 1951 by
taking 1971 electoral roll as the basis.