Maoist suspect dies, kin informed after two days

MIDNAPORE: A 55-year-old undertrial charged under the UAPA for suspected Maoist connections died in a city hospital on September 25, but it took the authorities two days to inform his family members.

And had a rights body not told Ranjit Murmu’s family that something was amiss, they would have never got the death news. After being contacted by the activists, the Murmus went to their panchayat office in Lalgarh only to be informed of the death late on Tuesday. Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), the rights body, has decided to lodge a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission.

APDR general-secretary Debaprasad Roychowdhury said: “This is inhuman. The victim was not even a convict, just an undertrial. Why shouldn’t family members be informed about a death? The only reason could be that they are so poor that they can be taken for granted. This is a complete violation of all rules and procedures.” Roychowdhury said they will soon lodge a complaint with the NHRC for a proper inquiry into the matter.

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