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Human rights body expresses concern over 4 deaths in Police firing in Jharkhand
Human rights body, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expressed concern that the Police firing, killing 4 citizens, including a minor, in Dadikala Village of Barkagaon Block in Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand, has not come out of the blue.
There was anger among villagers against alleged forced acquisition of villagers' lands for a coal mine project of the NTPC Limited (NTPC), a public sector undertaking.

Showing utter disregard to both public anger and law and order, the AHRC accused that the NTPC added fuel to fire by starting mining operations in Chirudih Barwadih Village in mid-May 2016. The people protested at the site and also started a Chita Satyagrah (Funeral Pyre Protest) in May this year.

The political cost of the protests had forced even Chief Minister Raghubar Das to take note. He had intervened in the issue himself on 16 August 2016, expressing his wish to visit the area in 10 days and offer a new land compensation package to break the deadlock. "He did not keep his promise," said the AHRC.

According to AHRC, people with their lands at stake, facing improper compensation, started a Kafan Satyagrah (Shroud Protest) demanding the local administration investigate whether the NTPC had obtained the approval of the Gram Sabha, as required by law under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (RFCTLARR Act).

The AHRC said that the government has failed to uphold Article 21 of Indian Constitution that obligates the State to protect life and personal liberty of every citizen unless taken away "according to procedure established by law".

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