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Forbesganj Police Firing: Civil Society Members Meet NCPCR Chairperson, Ask Immediate Intervention

New Delhi: A three-member delegation of the Committee for Justice to Forbesganj Police Firing Victims (CJFPFV), seeking urgent intervention of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), met its Chairperson Prof Shantha Sinha here today afternoon. The delegation comprising CJFPFV Convener Mahtab Alam, Mansi Sharma of Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) and Sohaib Ahmed of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) submitted a written complaint to the commission.

Accepting the complaint, Prof Sinha said: “I am shocked to know the details of the killings. It is really disturbing.” Ensuring her part of action, she promised to write the Government of Bihar, asking explanation of the killings and report on the actions taken so far, a press statement released by the CJFPFV said.

“I will write to the government today itself and get back to you at the earliest,” she promised. She was equally surprised over the total black out of the news by national and mainstream media.

The delegation in its complaint has requested that “given the gravity of the situation and involvement of children in the incident, we seek your urgent intervention in to the matter. Hope you will use your good offices and mandate to ensure justice to the victims of Forbesganj police firing.”
According to the statement, the CJFPFV will be also meeting to the chairpersons of the National Commission for Women as well as the National Commission for Backward Classes in the coming days.

On June 3, five people (including an unborn baby), a woman and an infant were killed in the police firing in Forbesganj block of Ariara District in Bihar.

The police bullets pierced the body of Naushad Ansari (7 months), s/o Tahine Khatoon and Siddiq Ansari, in his mother’s lap when he was returning from the hospital. He received two bullets in his back. Shazmin Khatoon (27), w/o Farukh Ansari, was also killed in the gun fire. She was expecting a baby. She got 6 bullets; four bullets were in the head. Her brain came out. Her skull was broken with rifle butts while she lay on the ground. Shazmin has left behind her 3 children. Many of the injured also include children.

Yesterday, a number of activists, students and teachers staged a protest at Bihar Bhawan here against the police firing and demanded time-bound judicial probe and arrest of the police personnel involved.  They also submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Bihar through the resident commissioner, seeking his urgent intervention in to the matter.

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