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SC says UP encounters need ‘serious consideration’, issues notice to Yogi govt

The apex court has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL seeking a court-monitored CBI or SIT probe into recent encounter killings in the state

SC says UP encounters require 'serious consideration', issues notice to Yogi govt The Uttar Pradesh government attributed the deaths of “criminals” in police action in the state to the police acting in self-defence (Representational)

The Supreme Court Monday said the recent encounter killings in Uttar Pradesh require “serious consideration” and agreed to examine the details in this regard, setting the date of further hearing on the matter on February 12.

The apex court has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL seeking a court-monitored CBI or SIT probe into recent encounter killings in the state, ANI reported.

The state government earlier told the court the encounters took place in accordance with the norms. In November last year, the Uttar Pradesh government attributed the deaths of “criminals” in police action in the state to the police acting in self-defence when attacked with firearms or lethal weapons and sought to deny insinuations that minority community members were being targeted.

According to a report published by The Indian Express last year, since the Uttar Pradesh government took charge in March 2017, there have been 2,351 shootouts and 63 encounter deaths, spread across 24 districts, until August 4, 2018.

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The government has cited this as evidence of its resolve to clean up the state of crime and criminals. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said last year that the encounters will continue, adding that sympathy for criminals was dangerous for a democracy.

Also Read: Encounters: UP defends police action, gives break-up of deaths

On at least one occasion, the NHRC rapped the state government over the encounter killings. In October last year, the rights body recommended that the Uttar Pradesh government pay Rs 5 lakh as relief to gym trainer Jitendra Yadav, who was allegedly shot at by police in a “fake encounter” in Noida early last year.

First published on: 14-01-2019 at 12:05:44 pm
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