GUWAHATI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Chief Secretary of Assam to pay compensation of Rs. one lakh to one Shaukat Ali, who was tortured by miscreants for serving beef in his restaurant in the state’s Biswanath Chariali on April 7 this year.
Ali (68) was not only beaten up by a mob but also was forced to eat pork, which is forbidden among followers of Islam, while his restaurant was vandalised too. The incident came to light after a video showing a mob assaulting Ali was circulated on social media platforms.
In the video, Ali was manhandled by a mob of 25 to 30 people, while one of them asked him why he was serving beef. The mob was also seen forcibly feeding ‘pork’ meat to Ali.
Subsequently, the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, had moved the right body. Later, the NHRC had asked the state police to submit a report in connection to the case.
The NHRC observed, “The victim was found insulted and disgraced on basis of caste/religion, therefore, human rights of the victim were violated. Police has apprehended 15 persons and forwarded them to judicial custody. Thus, prima facie it is a case of violation of human rights of the victim for which the state is vicariously liable to compensate the victim.”
In its order, the right body said, “Issue notice to the Chief Secretary, Assam to show cause as to why the Commission should not grant monetary relief of Rs. One Lakh to the victim Shaukat Ali within six weeks.”
The commission has also directed the Director General of Police Assam to submit action taken report against the guilty police officials within six weeks.