Human Rights Defenders
HRDA has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on January 30 over the use of lathi-charge, tear gas and indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on protesters, leading to the death of two protesters and bullet injuries to nine others by Assam the police at Maibong, Dima Hasao district of Assam.
On January 25, 2018, several organisations called for a 12-hour bandh (shutdown) to protest against the remarks made by a member of RSS, Mr. Jagdamba Mall. The remark was about the inclusion of Dima Hasao district in Greater Nagalim in the draft Naga Accord between the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) and the Government of India (GoI). The bandh started at 5 am in the morning. At Maibong, the protesters blocked the road and stopped the Silchar bound passenger train from Guwahati. At 2.30 pm, on the order of the Deputy Commissioner, the police started to attack the protestors with lathis and fired indiscriminately on the protesters targeting their chest and legs.
Two protestors, Mithun Dibragede and Prabanta Hakmosa, were killed, while nine persons were severely wounded with bullet injuries. The police fired directly on the chest and legs of the protesters that caused two deaths and severe injury to nine persons