Rights body asks for report on hawker beaten to death by cop
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Rights body asks for report on hawker beaten to death by cop

The union is claiming suitable grant from the state so that the family of the victim gets financial support

kolkata Updated: Aug 27, 2012 12:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

West Bengal Human Rights Commission has sought for a report from the superintendent of railway police of Howrah over the alleged killing of a hawker by a railway police personnel at Chandernagore railway station.

Consequently, the SRP of Howrah will have to submit his report before WBHRC this week.

Binod Bihari Sadhukhan, a resident of Teleni Para at Bhadreswar in Hooghly district, was allegedly beaten to death on the premises of Chandernagore railway station on June 5 by Mohammed Musharaf Hussain, a constable of Government Railway Police. Sadhukhan was a newspaper hawker.

Biswajit Mukherjee, the secretary of the Chandernagore Roadside Hawkers’ Union, made a complaint before the WBHRC against this sort of ‘state violence’ and sought justice. On the basis of that complaint dated June 11, the commission asked SRP of Howrah to submit a report.

“I have received the communication from the state human rights commission. I will submit report soon. The district police of Hooghly are investigating the matter. The accused constable has been suspended,” Milan Kanti Das, SRP of Howrah, told HT on Sunday.

The district police in their preliminary investigation found that Sadhukhan, the victim, felt sick under the intense heat and he was taking rest on the platform when the constable asked him to leave the station premises. As the investigators have come to know, when Hussain found that Sadhukhan was not listening to him, he started beating the hawker.

In the complaint written to WBHRC, Biswajit Mukherjee, secretary of the hawkers’ union, said, “The hawker was taking rest on a chair under a fan on the railway station premises. He felt sick due to the enormous heat. But he was ruthlessly tortured to death by a police person, who is supposed to protect the citizens irrespective of their class and financial condition. Is this the attitude of the authority in our country towards the poor?”

The letter said, “The killing of a hawker in such a manner is a glaring example of state violence and this type of incident appears to be undoubtedly a violation of the human rights. Action taken in this context will set an example to deter future occurrence of such inhuman incidents.”

The union also claims suitable compensation from the state administration so that the family of the victim gets financial support to survive.

First Published: Aug 27, 2012 12:25 IST