The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called in the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for alleged fake encounters which are increasing in the state.
The UN Human Rights Council has said that they have sent a panel of four experts to investigate the case and had earlier written to the Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the UN-HRC has not received any reply as of now.
The office of the UN-HRC has said that 15 cases have come in to light to which they had written about it but no response have been received. The official statement read, “They have yet to receive a response to their letter.”
The officers have claimed that most of the killings took place either in the jail or under police custody of the Uttar Pradesh police. The experts have said, “We are extremely concerned about the pattern of events: individuals allegedly being abducted or arrested before their killing, and their bodies bearing injuries indicative of torture.”
The experts have added in their findings that “Unfortunately, we are continuing to receive reports of other similar cases of killings as well as threats and harassment, these are extremely serious allegations requiring immediate action.”
The UP DGP OP Rawat has stated that “Encounters are part of crime prevention. The fact is that this is a not a state policy, but a police strategy. We do not call it encounter but police crackdown.”
Now, the Supreme Court today heard the matter and has fixed a date of February 12 for the hearing in the matter wherein the Chief Justice has said that “It’s an important issue.”