Guwahati: The Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Thursday issued notice to the Chief Secretary of Assam to show-cause as to why payment of compensation of Rs. 1.5 lakh as interim relief to Kirti Kamal Bora should not be recommended as per Clause (c) of Section-18 of The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.
The AHRC recommendation came after the right body found a prima-facie case of violation of human rights in the incident.
Bora was shot by Nagaon police during an anti drug operation on Saturday. Bora who was a student leader was injured after he was shot by a police team accusing him of being involved in illegal activities. Bora, however, denied the charges. Huge uproar erupted following the incident.
The AHRC, taking a suo-motu cognizance of media reports, in its notice said, “Sources claimed that a team from the anti-narcotics squad on last Saturday evening launched a search operation against drugs peddlers near Kachalukhuwa Tinali and during the operation the police personnel in civil dress picked up a youth and caned him on the road. Incidentally, former student leader reached the spot and enquired about the reason for thrashing and canning the youth. Infuriated on being questioned, an SI of police, Pradip Bonia, shot at his (Kirti’s) lower limb and injured him.”
State’s additional chief secretary Pawan Borthakur who was probing the case met Bora at the Guwahati Medical College Hosptial (GMCH) on Wednesday to record his statement.
The additional chief secretary said that the probe aimed to unearth the circumstances leading to the shooting incident.