Probe ordered into death of vagrants

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 02, 2013 05:50 hrs

Kolkata, Feb 2 (IANS) Concerned over the "inhuman" living conditions in a state-run home for vagrants in the metropolis, the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has ordered the state government to conduct a probe into the reported death of 96 inmates last year.

Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, the human rights panel also asked the principal secretary of the Social Welfare Department to submit the report in three weeks with his comments, WBHRC sources said.

Media reports claimed most of the deaths at the home in south Kolkata's Dhakuria took place because of malnutrition and lack of medical facilities.

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