Notice to Uttar Pradesh Police for dereliction of duty

April 28th, 2011 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh police chief over an incident of alleged dereliction of duty on part of state police officials, resulting in violation of human rights.

“The commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging that on the night of April 25, 2011 a group of people were beating up a person on the Noida expressway who accidentally fell on Hemchand Sharma’s bike. The goons, thinking that Sharma had come to help the victim, started attacking him, even as the victim fled,” a NHRC statement said Thursday.

In a bid to escape, Sharma drove into a police chowki (outpost) under Sector 39 police station of Noida and sought help but the policemen present there refused to help the youth, it added. Sharma finally managed to flee by boarding a bus.

The report also alleged that the policemen did not take note of Sharma’s abandoned bike in the police station premises for two days after the incident.

“The commission observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raises serious issues of dereliction of duty on part of the police resulting in violation of human rights. A notice has been issued to the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh to submit a report in the matter within four weeks,” the statement said.

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