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Uttar Pradesh: UN Experts Write to Modi Govt Seeking Clarity on Extrajudicial Killings

From March 2017 up to now, U.P. has seen 59 incidences of alleged extrajudicial killings, all of which took place in police custody.

Four United Nations’ Human Rights experts have reportedly sent a letter to the Indian government over rising allegations of extrajudicial killings in Uttar Pradesh. From March 2017 until now, around 59 incidences of alleged extrajudicial killings have emerged in the state, out of which, the UN experts have sent a letter on 15 of these cases. All of these reportedly took place in police custody

Expressing their concern, the experts wrote, “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.”

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The experts also said that the Supreme Court-mandated guidelines for police investigations were also not being executed properly. The experts observed, “We have also received allegations of corruption including the police demanding money to release the victim prior to the killing.”

According to the experts, there is a need to ascertain that police procedure in U.P. were carried out per international standards, and to ensure that any allegations of such extrajudicial killings are properly investigated. The experts also said that there is a need to check the use of force by the U.P. police. They added, “Family members of victims and human rights defenders must also be protected from reprisals, and threats and harassment against them investigated.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party government is yet to respond to the experts’ letter, even as the apex court is scheduled to hear a request for a court-monitored investigation in cases allegedly involving extrajudicial killing on Monday, January 14.

Earlier in May 2018, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had opened an investigation in 18 cases alleged to have been extrajudicial killings.  

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