GUWAHATI, July 8 � The Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) today ordered an inquiry into the death of Chandra Devi (30) of Sarabbhati on July 3 and directed the State government to take care of her children and provide her family with adequate compensation.
Taking cognizance of a report in a local vernacular daily, the AHRC said in a statement, �The news stated that the hut of Chandra Devi was demolished after she failed to meet the demand of Rs 1 lakh made by some government official(s) engaged in the said eviction drive and she died, unable to tolerate the resultant melancholy.�
Citing the news report, it added, �It is also alleged that human rights have been violated by the Government of Assam in the death on July 3 (Thursday) of one Chandra Devi, aged 30 years, of Sarabbhati on the bank of the Bharalu River in Guwahati City, who was then ailing, as a result of demolition of her house situated on the said riverbank in the course of the mass eviction drive conducted by the Government of Assam on July 1 without serving any prior notice, without allowing time to take away any of her household belongings.
�Three minors of hers have been rendered homeless and destitute, which has triggered statewide sensation although the Government of Assam has thereafter, declared that those three siblings would be taken care of.�
A division bench of the Assam Human Rights Commission comprising Dr Justice Aftab H Saikia, Chairperson, and Tarun Phookan, Member, taking suo moto cognizance based on newspaper clippings and a complaint petition submitted by Jitul Deka, secretary general of the Asomiya Yuva Mancha, issued notice to the State Chief Secretary, �calling upon him to cause a prompt and inclusive inquiry to be conducted into the complaint as well as the newsitem and submit the report thereof before this Commission within 30 days of receipt of the notice,� said the statement.
The AHRC added, �It is alleged that the ailing woman was dragged out of her house in her ailing condition of health and subsequently put into a nearby garage instead of admitting her in a hospital. The district administration allegedly carried out the eviction-cum-demolition operation without taking a team of doctors and ambulance during the process.
�The woman died leaving behind her three children for which the Government of Assam should be directed to take care of the children and provide with adequate compensation.�