National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday ordered an independent inquiry into the police firing on Gujjar agitators in Rajasthan claimed around 35 lives over the weekend.
NHRC chairman Rajender Babu directed its director-general (investigation) to look into a petition filed by Gujjar advocates demanding a probe into the police firing on the protesters in Dausa district.
"The NHRC chairman has asked the DG (Investigation) to look into our complaint," Sunil Kumar Bainsla and Anurag Kasna, who led the lawyers' delegation told reporters here.
They have asked the rights panel to send its team to Rajasthan to probe the police firing as was done in the case of the Nandigram violence in West Bengal and demanded that the families of the victims be adequately compensated.
Their petition has also sought penal action against the "erring officials who ordered the firing on the innocent people of the community".
The petition said "the Rajasthan government did not talk to the community members to sort out the matter for reasons best known to them with the motive to crush the protest by use of force."