500 encountered in U.P. in five years

MG Correspondent

Lucknow: A reply to an RTI application has disclosed that 499 persons were killed in encounters across U.P. during the last five years.

Saleem Beg, an RTI activist of Moradabad, had asked state home secretary and DGP Police how many people were killed in various districts of the state in “encounters” during the last five years, when the first and last FIRs were registered, when the history-sheet of each case was opened, what was the place of the incident of each encounter, and why the incidents took place.

The reply came that the state government does not keep such information. Saleem Beg appealed to the state information commissioner. His appeal was heard by the chief information commissioner Ranjit Singh Pankaj, who expressed his astonishment at the state’s reply, saying it is a serious matter. Said Saleem Beg, all departments had to upload their datas within 120 days of the application of the RTI act according to section 41/B of the said act. The state government has violated the act in this matter.

The CIC ordered the government to act on section 41/B and to provide the required information to Saleem Beg.

It took the state government one and a half years in collecting the data which finally disclosed that 499 persons were killed in “encounters” in the state during the last five years.

It also came out that a number of petitions have been filed in the high and supreme courts, that a number of encounter incidents were probed and found fake.

After this reply, Saleem Beg wrote letters to the Akhilesh Singh government enclosing the RTI reply and Human Rights Commission reports. As a result, FIRs were registered against Police officers in a number of cases including Budaun and Amroha police firings.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2012 on page no. 1

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