NHRC notice to UP govt on Noida 'fake encounter'
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that a 25-year-old man was shot in Noida by a sub-inspector of Uttar Pradesh Police on the night of February 3, 2018. The cop was reportedly heard telling his colleague that the encounter would earn him an out of turn promotion.
The Commission has observed that it seems that the police personnel are feeling free, misusing their power in the light of an undeclared endorsement given by the higher-ups.
"They are using their privileges to settle scores. Creating an atmosphere of fear is not the correct way to deal with crimes," the panel reported.
The Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh to look into the emerging scenario personally and to take appropriate action to sensitize police personnel not to abuse their power. Detailed reports have been sought from both within six weeks.
The panel noted that it has already expressed concern while taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on the November, 22, 2017 about the UP government, allegedly, endorsing encounters by police seeking improvement in the law and order situation.
Media reports on the Noida incident quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the victim was bundled into the back seat of his vehicle by the SI, who then pulled out his service revolver and fired at his throat in cold blood.
The report had it that the SI and another policeman, drove away in the vehicle with the bleeding victim. They reached the Fortis Hospital in Sector-62 of Noida after 90 minutes of the incident, while the hospital is barely 7 km from the shooting scene. One of the friends of the victim has reportedly stated that after the shooting, the SI called someone on his cell phone saying that an encounter has taken place.