HC Seeks Darivit Report From National Human Rights Commission

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Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has sought for the report on the Darivit firing issue from the National Human Rights Commission. The court has directed the commission to submit the report within the next two weeks.

Chaos broke out at the Darivit High School of North Dinajpur’s Islampur on September 20 over the recruitment of teachers. To stop the protest by the students, the police resorted to firing. Two students died on that day. Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty asked the commission to submit a report on what happened that day.

Ruckus broke out on August 20 at Islampur Dwaribhita High School premises over the recruitment of teachers leaving two students, Tapas Barman and Rajesh Sarkar, dead and several injured.

It was alleged that the students resorted to road block over the issue of school teacher’s recruitment. On forcefully trying to withdraw the block, brawl broke out between both the parties.

The students pelted stones at the police. The police retaliated by resorting to lathi-charge and also fired rubber shots and tear gas shells to disperse the mob. At least two thousand students were protesting. The situation turned violent. Post this, the school was shut down.

The families of both the deceased students resorted to a sit-in protest outside the school in demand for a CBI investigation. For this the students and teachers had to return back from school. The question raised that what was the head master’s role in reopening the school on the day of the incident and thereafter.

Days after the incident. the families of the deceased students filed a case in the Calcutta High court alleging police inactivity. They demanded CBI investigation into the incident and also demanded for 20 lakh rupees as conpensation. After the Pujas, the hearing on this case was scheduled for Monday. On this hearing, the court sought for the report. However, the lawyer for the National Human Rights Commission was not present.

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