Police Murders Not Encounters : Expose of Killings in Uttar Pradesh. NCHRO Press Cum Public Meet. 20-Jan-2019, New Delhi
New Delhi, 20 Jan 2019
Realizing a sudden increase in police encounters in Uttar Pradesh after Yogi Govt. came in power in the state, a petition was filed by PUCL before the Supreme Court to investigate in this regard. After the petition, Yogi Govt. instead of taking any actions to give justice to the victims, started harassing the families of the victims by its police. Today, different speakers expressed their views in detail on this police suppression at a press conference organized by NCHRO, a human rights organization in New Delhi.
While addressing the press conference, Rajiv Yadav from Rihai Manch said that the government is suppressing human rights and social activists who are questioning these fake encounters. They are being frightened and threatened to face false cases. Rajiv also raised questions on why the government is not giving proper treatment to those who were injured in the encounters. It seems like a conspiracy to kill them in jail by not providing them medical facilities. According to the government, 409 criminals have been injured in encounters.A lot of such people have been sent behind bars in UP who are the victims of this state atrocity.
Adv.Ansaar Indori from NCHRO said these encounters as a result of fascist mindset. They said that a government which talks about the interests of others more than of its own citizens, never hesitate to end their rights too.He also said that Yogi Govt. is trying all it can to justify these killings. The report submitted by the government before court says, “UP police have arrested 3 lakh accused between 20 March 2017 and 31 March 2018. In many cases, the accused persons opposed to the arrest and fired on policemen. So the police had to take action in self-defense.” The report also shows that 3,19,141 accused have been arrested from 20 March 2017 to 31 March 2018, which is contrary to the killing of 48 people by police. It consolidates that police only want to arrest accused people. The speakers said that this report seems like covering up the bad deeds of the govt. They continued saying that UP has similar records in the past in the matter of encounters. During the past 12 years, about one third complaints of fake encounters filed in the National Human Rights Commission, are against police.
In the first decade of 21st century, the number of encounters increased at a time when policemen who kill criminals in encounters, were offered to get ‘out of term’ promotion. A number of policemen enjoyed this benefit. However, High Court put a stay on this ‘out of term’ promotion and with this stay order the encounters also slowed down.
Raising questions on ongoing police encounters in Uttar Pradesh, Akram Akhtar from Afkar India foundation said during the press conference that CM Yogi Adityanath had clearly stated after assuming power in the state that he believed in kill or die policy. CM Yogi had said on 19 Nov 2017 that criminals would be either in jail or be killed in encounters. He also reminded the statement Yogi Adityanath given on 9 Feb, in which Yogi said that “Everyone would be secured, but those who want to destroy peace in the society and believe in guns, would be answered with guns only”. Having cognition of the CM statement of 19 Nov, NHRC had issued a notice.
Senior journalist kiran shaheen told in press conference, there are many facts related to the encounters that give grounds for suspicion. First of all, documents of all these 16 cases have quite similar stories like the way of hunting criminals and in every encounter one criminal is shot dead while another one succeeds in running away. Also the criminals, who are claimed to be killed by police in encounters, have many signs of wounds, which turn the cases from encounters to police torture. She said that many questions arise on these encounters because the criminals have been shot from very close distance. While police have to fire in encounters only when criminals run away or attack on police. So, how could the criminals be shot from very close distance?
NCHRO Press Cum Public Meet. 20-Jan-2019, New Delhi
Press Meet was attended by : Parveen Gurjar, Victim Family, Rajiv Yadav, Rihai Manch, Kiran Shaheen, Journalist, Adv.Ansar Indori NCHRO, Akram Akhtar Aakaar India Foundation (L-R First Row)
Akeel, Victim’s Family, Mrs.Shaheen Victim Family, Mrs.Shabana Victim Family, Mufti Shezad, Popular Front of India (L-R Second Row)
Mufti Shezad from Popular front of India said that people of a certain community are being targeted in encounters. According to them, mostly poor Muslims and other Vulnerable sections have been targeted in these encounters. He said that police shot them first and then put guns in their hands, so that it would appear like an encounter.
Victim’s families in one accord said that the cases were ‘fake encounters’ and the individuals had been intentionally killed by staged armed encounter. They are demanding an impartial investigation.
1.THE HINDU :- Relatives of U.P. encounter victims cry foul
They say police are harassing them after PUCL plea in Supreme Court. Family members of those killed in alleged ‘encounter killings’ in Uttar Pradesh claimed they were being harassed by police after a petition on extra judicial killings in the State was filed in the Supreme Court by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).
Brother of Sumit Gujjar, killed in an encounter in 2017, said up to eight cases under different sections such as dacoity, loot and others had been falsely slapped on him since the death of his brother and the same inspector involved in his brother’s case had been harassing him.
With her landlord coming under pressure from the police, Shabana, mother of Nushad, who had been killed in an encounter in Aligarh in September last year said she had been pushed out of her home in Atrauli, and was leading a hand-to-mouth existence. Mother of Mustaqueen, killed in the same encounter also appealed for justice.
Spokespersons of the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) said people from poor backgrounds were especially targeted in such encounters and that the police would shoot first and plant guns in their hands later.
Social activist Akram Akthar, also said several people injured in the encounters were languishing in jail without treatment. In a statement, the NCHRO, called it a conspiracy to have them killed.
The PUCL petition has called for a CBI probe into over 1,100 encounters which have taken place under the Yogi Adithyanath government. In these 49 people had been killed and 370 injured. The court has fixed February 12 as the next date of hearing.
2. DNA :- Uttar Pradesh encounters victims’ kin allege harassment
Family members of those killed in encounters in Uttar Pradesh appealed to the Centre on Sunday to help against harassment at the hands of local police.
Family members of the deceased alleged that the local police has been harassing them since the Supreme Court said last week that the recent encounter killings in UP require “serious consideration” and agreed to examine the details in this regard, setting the date of further hearing on the matter on February 12.
The apex court has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL seeking a court-monitored CBI or SIT probe into the encounter killings in the state.
In a press conference organised by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO), the deceased’s kin claimed that they are now being picked up by local cops and are being harassed and threatened to maintain silence over the issue. Ansar Indori of NCHRO, said that local police are threatening these families with fake encounters.
Seventeen-year-old Naushad’s mother, Shaheen, and 22-year-old Mustakeem’s mother, Raffeeq, claimed that the police picked these two from their house in Atrauli and killed them. Shaheen also said that the two were innocent and didn’t have any criminal record, contrary to what the police have claimed. They also said that their houses are being raided and all the documents and money have been taken away by police.
Contrary to their claims, the state government has said that the encounters took place in accordance with rules. The Uttar Pradesh government attributed the deaths of “criminals” to the police acting in self-defence after being attacked with firearms or lethal weapons and sought to deny insinuations that minority community members were being targeted.