Rights panel pulls up Uttar Pradesh cops

March 15th, 2011 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Taking note of media reports of police assault on Samajwadi Party activists in Uttar Pradesh last week, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday asked the state police chief for explanation and a report within four weeks.

“The commission has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports alleging that a number of political activists of the Samajwadi Party were severely beaten up by the police in the presence of senior officers on March 9, 2011, during an agitation in Lucknow,” the statement said.

The reports also alleged that a deputy inspector general of police trampled on one of the Samajwadi Party activists, while others were being beaten up with batons, causing them serious injuries.

“The commission today observed in its proceedings that the contents of media reports, if true, raise serious issues of violation of human rights of the political activists. A notice has been issued along with the press clippings to the Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh, calling for a report in the matter within four weeks,” it said.

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