TURA, July 14 � The Garo Students Union (GSU) today castigated the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for remaining silent on various human rights violations in the Garo Hills region.
In last two months, a series of human rights violations have taken place in the Garo Hills, including assault on 12 girls in Tura, death of two under trial prisoners at Chokpot and Tura, cold-blooded murder of a 35-year-old woman in front of her four minor children and husband by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants and killing of two autorickshaw drivers.
The GSU president, who is currently in New Delhi, castigated the NHRC, saying, �Why is the NHRC negligent in their duties regarding gross human rights violations in Garo hills? Is it because Garo Hills is far away from New Delhi or do they consider violation of human rights in Garo Hills too small a matter?�
The Special Rapporteur for the Northeastern States Anil Pradhan, had yesterday stated that he had not received any direction from the NHRC to inquire into the cases of Garo Hills. Lambasting the statement, Momin said, �His statement suggests that the NHRC is not serious about the issues in Garo Hills. What is the use of keeping Pradhan as a special Rapporteur in the region?�
Momin demanded an immediate probe into the custodial deaths of Balsan Marak and Witson Sangma. �NHRC can�t afford to remain silent at any cost. The law and order situation is in shambles in the Garo hills�, he added.
Balsan, an under trial prisoner, had died in a government hospital on May 20 and Witson on May 28. The GSU also asked NHRC to look into the fake encounter case of Washington Marak of Williamnagar, for which the Commission has asked the Meghalaya Government to pay compensation.