Visiting Indian Human Right Commission chairman HL Dattu on Saturday avoided a question over the killings of Bangladeshi civilians along the border by Indian Border Security Force and termed the question ‘political.’
‘It’s a political question which I do not want to answer,’ said Dattu, also former Indian chief justice, in reply to a query about his stance on the killings of Bangladesh civilians by the Indian Border Security Force.
He was approached by journalists at a city hotel on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission.
The Indian rights boss was told that security personnel in Bangladesh had alleged that the bilateral relations of the two neighbouring countries were affected by the continued killings.
According to rights organisation Odhikar, BSF had killed at least 175 Bangladesh nationals and inured 349 between January 2012 and December 2016.
Odhikar urged the government to protest strongly against human rights abuses against on Bangladeshi citizens by BSF and take initiatives to investigate and make the Indian government accountable and to compensate the families of the victims.
The Indian right boss said his commission had received over one lakh of complaints in 2014 and 2015 about rights abuses including custodial death in India, death in ‘fake’ encounter and death by electrocution.
Asked whether appointing retired justice as chair of rights institution in Bangladesh could make it more effective, HL Dattu told New Age that it made no difference who held the chair, whether a retired judge or human rights activist or civil society member.
Rather, it’s all about willingness of person who is appointed, he added.
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