Guwahati, Oct. 8: The Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti today alleged “complete violation of human rights” in the last rites of the victims of Sunday’s Bhimajuli massacre on Tuesday.
The samiti, a human rights organisation, filed a complaint with the Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) alleging that tyres were used to supplement wood in the pyres and the bodies were not even covered with white cloth.
“The victims were treated like dogs even in death,” samiti president Bubumoni Goswami said. He said video recordings, collected from news channels, had been provided to the commission to justify the samiti’s complaint.
AHRC chairman Sujit Barman Roy confirmed receiving the complaint and said, “I have directed my office to register a case and the complaint would be looked into.”
Although the bodies of 10 victims of the massacre were handed over to the respective families at Bhimajuli village in Balichang in Assam’s Sonitpur district, the administration played a major role in performing the mass funeral.
Goswami said the government should have arranged a “respectable” funeral for the victims just to show that someone cared. “Only animals are treated the way the bodies of the Bhimajuli victims were treated,” he added.