NHRC for probe into firing during Army recruitment drive

Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 10:23

New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission has asked the Defence Ministry to investigate an
incident of firing allegedly by Army personnel during a
recruitment drive in Uttar Pradesh in which an 18-year-old
youth was killed in July this year.

The rights body has also asked the Defence Secretary to
submit the investigation report to it, NHRC officials said.

The Commission issued the directive to the ministry
recently, taking cognizance of the matter on the basis of a
complaint filed by lawyer and human rights activist Prabir
Kumar Das in this connection, the officials added.

An 18-year-old youth was killed and three persons
sustained injuries as Armymen allegedly opened fire on irate
aspirants who went on a rampage during an Army recruitment
drive alleging irregularities in the process in Chandauli
district of Uttar Pradesh on July 19.

The violence spread to other parts of Chandauli city, 300
km from Lucknow, with irate protesters torching vehicles and
attacking the circle officer`s office and the district court,
prompting the state government to order a magisterial inquiry
into the incident.

Nearly 2,000 youths, including many from Bihar, had
gathered to appear in the recruitment test.

According to the state police, the trouble started after
Armymen reportedly assaulted an aspirant who had alleged
favouritism in the recruitment process.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 10:23

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