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Nagadih lynching: NHRC serves show cause notice to Chief Secretary over nonpayment of compensation

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Jamshedpur, Nov. 3: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a show cause notice to the Chief Secretary of the State over non-payment of Rs.3 lakhs compensation to next of kin of each victim of Nagadih lynching incident in which three innocent youths were killed in May 2017. The commission had earlier ordered payment of compensation related to the case no.679/34/6/2017 but till now the amount has not been paid.

In May,2017 three innocent youths were killed under jurisdiction of Baghbera Police Station by a mob. The petitioner advocate Madan Mohan Priye approached the NHRC and sought its intervention. NHRC after studying the plea on May 3 issued notice to the State for compensation.

Three youths Vikash Verma, Gautam Verma (both brothers) and their friend Gangesh Gupta were lynched by the Nagadih villagers on May 18 night while an elderly lady Devi (grandmother of Vikash an Gautam) was grievously injured by the mob suspecting them to be child-lifters.

Latter, following the recommendations by the two-member probe committee (Kolhan commissioner Pradeep Kumar and then DIG (currently Bokaro DIG) KolhanPrabhat Kumar, the government had suspended Seraikela-Kharsawan DC Ramesh GorakhGholap and SP Rakesh Bansal on June 9 and later on June 10 suspended Rajnagar circle officer Rajeev Neeraj, Kowali police station OC K. N Ojha, Mango OC BudhramOraon and Azadnagar OC Jitender Thakur.

We have decided to send a reminder to the Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand, directing him to submit a reply to the show-cause notice issued by the commission regarding the payment of compensation of Rs. 3,00,000/-each to the victims kin. If reply isnot received within the stipulated time period, the commission would presume that the Government has nothing to say in the matter, and would make recommendation for payment of compensation on the basis of reports available on record, said an official of NHRC.

NHRC has also directed SSP East Singhbhum, Jamshedpur to send the report on the updated statusoutcome of investigation in the matter together with the departmental action taken in the criminal case registered u/s 166A IPC within four weeks.

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