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NHRC hears 43 cases in Lucknow, recommends monetary relief

The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday took up 43 cases for hearing in the sitting of its two division benches and recommended monetary relief of Rs 70.5 lakh in 15 cases.

According to a press release here, 18 cases were heard in the bench of chairperson justice KG Balakrishnan and member SC Sinha, whereas 25 cases were taken up by the bench of justice D Murugesan and justice Satyabrata Pal. The cases were mainly of police action, including deaths in encounter and in custody violating human rights, in different districts of Uttar Pradesh.

An amount of Rs 70.5 lakh was recommended in 15 cases as monetary relief as the commission did not find police version convincing on the basis of the material and reports on record.

The amount included Rs 65.5 lakh in 12 cases of encounter, Rs 1 lakh each in two cases of death in police custody and Rs 2 lakh in a case of police inaction.

Out of 43 cases heard on the second day, 12 cases of encounter were from Lucknow, five were from Varanasi, six from Ghaziabad and two from Kushinagar and the rest were from other districts of the state.

Report on cops caning women protesters sought


Lucknow: The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday took suo motu cognisance of a media report that some policemen were found kicking and caning women protesters in Ferozabad district, and issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh DGP seeking a report within two weeks. The Commission has observed that the contents of the report, if true, amount to serious violation of dignity of women and their human rights.
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