Notice to Mizoram government over student’s killing

Aizawl, Aug 17 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked Mizoram to submit a report within four weeks on the reported killing of a student in police firing, an official said here on Monday.

“The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the student killing in police firing in Mizoram on August 4. The commission has asked the state Chief Secretary and state police chief to submit a detailed report within four weeks on the issue,” a home department official said.

He said: “The NHRC has observed that the incident raises questions regarding violation of human rights of the young student victim.”

According to media reports, over 300 protesters had gathered in front of Chawngte police station in southern Mizoram on August 4 to protest over alleged unfair recruitment of 100 employees in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC).

In order to control the mob, police had to open fire, that resulted in the death of Agosh Chakma, 20, on the spot and injured 15 others.

The members of Mizoram Chakma Students Union had organised the protest demonstration.

After the death of the student, the agitating crowd ransacked and damaged many houses belonging to top politicians, including chief executive member of CADC Buddha Lal Chakma, executive members and elected members of the autonomous body.

The CADC later provided Rs.10 lakh as an ex-gratia to the family of the student and conducting a fresh recruitment process.

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