|Press Release| Beggar’s Colony Death of 12 inmates on the night of 17th August

PRESS RELEASE FROM PUCL-BANGALORE

DEATH OF 12 INMATES ON THE NIGHT OF 17-8-2010

PUCL-Bangalore voices its gravest concern on the reported deaths of 12 inmates in Beggar’s colony on 17-8-2010 evening, to next morning and is shocked that eleven of the twelve dead were cremated before due process of enquiry could be established.

PUCL-Bangalore has been actively following cases of grave misconduct in Beggar’s colony since early 2009, that it has brought to the attention of State Human Rights Commission (SHRC). Following this, PUCL-Bangalore was part of a surprise raid carried out by SHRC to investigate these allegations, which revealed a whole set of irregularities in the functioning of Beggar’s colony, that were also noted by SHRC. However this has lead to no concrete, corrective action so far.

We believe that the latest incidence and suspicious deaths of twelve inmates is part of criminal negligence associated with the functioning of Beggar’s Colony. The hurried disposal of the bodies further incriminates the authorities in charge, who are responsible to a larger civil society, for their actions.

We demand an immediate and independent enquiry into this latest incidence at Beggar’s colony involving independent HR/CL organizations.
PUCL Bangalore

Arati Chokshi
Secretary, PUCL-Bangalore
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