National Human Rights Commission issues notice to Uttar Pradesh DGP over police action during anti-CAA protests in state

'Youth have been killed, the Internet has been suspended, and the police themselves are destroying public property', according to complaint submitted to NHRC

Press Trust of India December 26, 2019 11:19:17 IST
National Human Rights Commission issues notice to Uttar Pradesh DGP over police action during anti-CAA protests in state
  • NHRC issued notice to police chief of Uttar Pradesh after receiving various complaints that allege 'violation of human rights' in police action during ongoing anti-CAA protests

  • 'Youth have been killed, the Internet has been suspended, and the police themselves are destroying public property', according to complaint submitted to NHRC

  • In complaint, it is also alleged that 'police officials have been destroying property of many individuals and have targeted Muslim population by sealing their shops'

New Delhi: The NHRC has issued a notice to the police chief of Uttar Pradesh after receiving various complaints that allege "violation of human rights" in police action undertaken during the ongoing anti-CAA protests in the state, officials said on Wednesday.

National Human Rights Commission issues notice to Uttar Pradesh DGP over police action during antiCAA protests in state

File image of police personnel baton charge at protesters during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). PTI

A complaint was received by the National Human Rights Commission recently, seeking its intervention in the alleged incidents of violation of human rights by the state police.

"Other complaints were also received in connection with the matter, which has been taken on record. The complaint was registered on 23 December and subsequently, a notice was issued by the NHRC to the director-general of police of Uttar Pradesh, seeking a report in four weeks," a senior official of the rights panel said.

The complainant has alleged that subsequent to the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), "there have been many incidents of human rights violations by the state authorities in Uttar Pradesh".

"Youth have been killed, the Internet has been suspended, and the police themselves are destroying public property. The right to peaceful assembly has also been violated," according to the complaint submitted to the NHRC.

The complainant has also alleged that in the last few days numerous reports have come from across Uttar Pradesh of several deaths, mostly of youngsters, primarily from bullet injuries sustained during police action, have occurred.

The complaint further alleged that despite policemen saying that the "police officials have not fired, the news reports showing police personnel open firing on the public proves to the contrary". In the complaint, it is also alleged that "police officials have been destroying property of many individuals and have targeted Muslim population by sealing their shops".

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