Fake Encounters in Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh : UN concerned by extra-judicial killings

Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath

Lucknow, Jan 13 : United Nations have expressed alarm about allegations of at least 50 extrajudicial killings by the police in Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath government.
The members expressed concern over the pattern of events. The members said, individuals allegedly being abducted or arrested before their killing, and their bodies bearing injuries indicative of torture.

AFter the NHRC ordered an investigation on 9 May 2018 into 17 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings , Four experts from the UN – Agnes Callamard, michel Forst,Nils Melzer and Ahmed Shaheed- have prepared a detailed report.

According to a statement issued by the office of the High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights (OHCHR),the four experts have sent the detailed information to the Indian governmnet on 15 of the cases concerning killings from Muslims communities living in poverty.

In November 2018 National Human Rights Commission had taken suo moto cognizance of a media report which said that 20 year old Irshad Ahmad of Muzaffarnagar district was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by the Uttar Pradesh Police on November 27.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to consider several such cases on January 14. In all the cases, the police said the killings took place during encounters and in self-defence. Most the cases which the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has raised with the Indian government pertain to Muslim victims.

Al least 70 alleged criminals have been killed in encounters since March 2017 , of which more than 40 have been killed in Meerut alone. They called for an urgent review of the use of force by the UP police to ensure all law enforcement operations were conducted in compliance with international standards, for prompt, independent, and thorough investigations into all allegations of potentially unlawful killings and for perpetrators to be prosecuted. “Family members of victims and human rights defenders must also be protected from reprisals, and threats and harassment against them investigated,” the experts said.

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