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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

UP police crosses limit of barbarism

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From: Shabana - <shabana@pvchr.asia>
Date: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Subject: re: UP police crosses limit of barbarism
To: jrlawnhrc@hub.nic.in
Cc: akpnhrc@yahoo.com, lenin <lenin@pvchr.asia>

National Human Rights Commission
New Delhi
Dear Sir, I want to bring in your attention towards news published in Times of India "UP police crosses limit of barbarism" on 2 March, 2012 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/UP-police-crosses-limit-of-barbarism/articleshow/12105731.cms?intenttarget=no
LUCKNOW: The custodial death of Jabbar in Sitapur's Tambaour police station reveals the barbaric side of the Uttar Pradesh Police, which could virtually go to any extent in order to extract information. Jabbar died inside the lock-up of the police station during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, allegedly after being tortured.

The police allegedly wanted him to own up the murder of his cousin Raheemun whose headless body was recovered from the farm field of Chetram of Parwatpur Kodra village under Tambaour police station on the outskirts of Sitapur, some 100 kilometres from Lucknow on February 18. "They kept on saying that we must own-up Raheemum's murder and also that it was a case of honour killing," says Sartaj, Jabbar's elder brother who too was subjected to the same torture.

Raheemum's (19) cousin Khurshid lodged submitted a signed complaint regarding the murder expressing suspicion on the involvement of four local youths Rizwan, Mehraj, Waseem and Madari behind the crime. Investigations failed to take off for the next one week because the police was reportedly busy with polling in the ongoing elections. After the victim's family approached the senior police officers seeking their intervention for speedy action, the cops got in action, which ended up in another tragedy for the family.

"First we lost our sister and then we are being accused of killing her. This is injustice," Sartaj said. He was hurriedly let off by the police after Jabbar died in the lock-up. Ironically, the brother duo was picked-up despite Raheemum's family accusing four local youngsters as suspects in their written complaint to the police. However, the Sitapur police was somehow convinced that the four were innocent, for reasons best known to them. Police did not even brother to summon the suspects even once, sources said. Police too confirmed that the brother duo did not have any criminal case pending against them.

"This is plain and cold-blooded murder," says Atul Verma, a senior criminal lawyer practicing in the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court. "They don't have any reason to summon and torture two innocents who have nothing to do which the crime. More serious is the issue that the police allegedly wanted to paint the incident as that of honour killing," Verma says.

Though the accused cops - sub inspector Trishideo - the station officer (SO) incharge of Tambaour police station, SI Anjani Kumar - incharge of the special operations group (SOG) which was helping the cops to crack the case along with constables Birpal Singh, Abdul Rafe and Anil Kumar also of the SOG have been suspended, no arrests were made till late Thursday night. Sources said that multiple ante-mortem injuries on Jabbar's body have been confirmed.

"We have ordered a magisterial probe into the incident," said Sitapur district police chief Piyush Mordia. Additional director general of police (ADG) Law & Order and Crime Subesh Kumar Singh said that incident is being monitored by the top officials and action will follow. "The incident has been taken very seriously and the guilty will be brought to book," Singh said.

Therefore it is kind request
1. To conduct an inquiry in this incident of custodial death under section 176(1) A Cr.PC by a Judicial Magistrate.

2. To provide compensation to the victim's family.

3. To ensure Videography of the Post-Mortem Report of the victim & the same is informed to NHRC.
Thanking You
Sincerely Yours
Lenin Raghuvanshi
Secretary General
Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights
Sa 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi - 221002
Mobile No: +91-9935599333

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