Human rights commission proposes, govt disposes

The West Bengal government has virtually set a trend in not responding to the recommendations of the state human rights commission led by retired Supreme Court Justice Ashok Ganguly.

Of the 27 recommendations made by the WBHRC in the last six months, the government has responded to only four, of which it has rejected three and accepted just one.

Suspension of IC

The state government today rejected a recommendation in which the commission sought the suspension of the IC of Burdwan police station.

The recommendation, issued on July 9, 2012, says, "The death of the person concerned took place on 06.03.2008 but the police did not register any FIR in a case of murder of the victim. Then the petitioner filed a case before the Court under Section 156(3) Cr.P.C, even then when the complaint from the Court reached the Police Station on 09.04.2008, no investigation was taken up till the month of November, 2008....This is a case of gross dereliction of duty on the part of Shri Prasun Kumar Banerjee (IC)..."

It adds, "...The Commission recommends... Prasun Kumar Banerjee, the then I.C. Burdwan PS and presently Inspector, IB, West Bengal be suspended within two weeks and appropriate departmental proceedings be drawn up against him within six weeks from the date of communication of this recommendation."

Five months on, the state rejected the recommendation. Sources said the WBHRC chairman will hold a meeting on the government's response.

Hooch deaths

The government also rejected the commission's recommendation in the hooch tragedy of Magrahat in South 24 Parganas, in which 173 people died after drinking spurious liquor. The WBHRC recommended that disciplinary action be taken against excise commissioner D K Chakraborty.

The government responded the excise commissioner cannot be held responsible for the incident and so it would not accept the recommendation.

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