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NHRC says chopping of hands ‘brutal and savage’, seeks report by Jan 2

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 19:

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Describing the chopping off of the hands of two migrant labourers by a middleman (labour contractor) in Kalahandi district on Sunday the ‘most brutal and savage crime committed’, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a detailed report from the state government on the issue.

During the hearing of a petition filed by an NGO, the human rights watchdog said in New Delhi today that “If this report is true, it appears that a most brutal and savage crime was committed. …The victims are from among the most vulnerable strata… and will need immediate and continuing support from the Odisha government”.

The NHRC on Wednesday enquired about the steps taken against the accused, and medical facilities provided to the victims and the plans for their rehabilitation.

The NHRCalso served notices to the chief secretary and the DGP to submit a report by January 2 on the steps taken to identify and arrest the culprits along with medical attention provided to the victims while asking the state government to probe if the contractor had the required licenses and permissions.

NHRC Joint Commissioner A K Parashar has taken note of the matter raised by Umi Daniel of Aide et Action, South Asia, and treated it as a complaint.

The police have so far arrested five people, including the contractor, in connection with the case.

On Sunday night, a contractor and his accomplices had chopped off the right palms of two migrant labourers Nilambara Dhangda Majhi (35), and Pialu Dhangada Majhi (30) after thye refused to go to a neighbouring state to work there.