NHRC issues notice to Uttar Pradesh government over death of Dalit Man in Custody


Lucknow, Dec 28: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued a notice to the Yogi Adityanath -led Uttar Pradesh government over the custodial death of a Dalit man in Amroha district.

The development took place followeing the media reports that a man was arrested by the state police on December 23 and that he lost his life in police custody at Dhanora Mandi police station, the human rights panel has given the state government, the chief secretary, director general of police (DGP) four weeks to detail about the incident.

The accused was held on charges of theft and the family alleged that the police had demanded Rs. 5 lakh as bribe to release him. Failure to do so led to his custodial death, the family said.

“The Commission has observed that the contents of media reports, if true, amount to gross violation of human rights of the victim,” the notice stated.

The NHRC has also asked the ruling state government for an explanation as to why the mandatory intimation with regard to this death in police custody has not been given to the commission in pursuance of its guidelines on the subject.

The report should also indicate whether any monetary and other relief has been provided to the family in accordance with the SC/ST (POA) Act and Rules, the notice further said.

In connection with the incident, the state government has suspended 11 police personnel, including the SHO of the police station concerned, so far.


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