Amnesty wants unbiased and prompt probe into explosions

HT Correspondent

New Delhi, Feb. 24 -- India should launch speedy investigations into the Hyderabad blasts but the probe should not discriminate against minorities, the London-based Amnesty International has said.

"The victims of these attacks have a right to justice and reparations. Authorities must conduct a thorough and impartial investigation. In doing so, they must protect minority communities from the discrimination, violence and harassment they often suffer in the aftermath of an attack," the influential rights group said.

Investigations into the devastating twin bomb attack that killed at least 16 and injured over 100 in Hyderabad on Thursday must be "prompt, effective and transparent", the Amnesty said

Many of those arrested in the Mecca mosque blast had been detained without charge and subjected to torture. No action was taken against those responsible for the torture, the Amnesty said, adding that this must not happen again.

"Shoddy investigations and unlawful police practices can violate the fair trial rights of suspects, and also the victims' right to justice," said G Ananthapadmanabhan, the head of Amnesty's India operations said.

The authorities must bring those responsible for the attacks to justice in fair trials in line with international rights standards, without recourse to the death penalty, the organisation said.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.