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NHRC issues notices to UP govt, DGP over 'fake encounter' by police in Muzaffarnagar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The NHRC has sent notices to the government and the of police over reports that a youth was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by the in and sought a report in four weeks.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the (NHRC) said that it is a solemn duty of the police force to protect the people and "not to create an atmosphere of fear under the garb of dealing with crime".

"Any death caused in an encounter, if not justified, would amount to an offence of culpable homicide," it said.

"The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report which said that 20-year old youth of district was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by the Police on November 27. Reportedly, his father has said that his son had no criminal history and was killed in cold blood in a fake encounter," the rights panel said.

Accordingly, it has issued notices to the and the of police, seeking a detailed report in four weeks.

The commission has observed that the content of the report, if true, raises serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim and his family.

"According to the media report, carried on November 28, the encounter happened, 12 km from the victim's village Nagla, located in district early on Tuesday," the rights panel said.

"The police, reportedly, claimed that the victim along with four other accomplices was transporting bulls in a mini truck and had opened fire at them when challenged. However, the victim's father and the fellow villagers have denied the police's claim, saying the victim did not even know how to drive," it said.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 18:50 IST