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NHRC sends notice to Uttar Pradesh DGP over suicide case of two brothers in Hathras

NHRC sends notice to Uttar Pradesh DGP over suicide case of two brothers in Hathras

By Sheenu Sharma

June 28, 2024

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today (June 27) said it has issued a notice to the police chief of Uttar Pradesh over reported suicide by two brothers due to alleged atrocity by the Hathras police personnel. The police are supposed to protect the people from any atrocity but in this case, it appears that they became the perpetrators which is a matter of concern, the National Human Rights Commission observed.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report carried on June 25 (Tuesday) that "two brothers of Agra committed suicide within three days due to alleged harassment by police personnel of Sadabad police station in Hathras", the human rights panel said in a statement.

Violation of human rights

Reportedly, a suicide note in this regard has been left by one of the brothers, it said. The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, indicate a serious issue of human rights violation.

"Going by the media report, it appears that the police personnel acted inhumanly and cruelly with both the victims due to which they ended their lives.

Therefore, the Commission has issued a notice to the Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh calling for a detailed report within one week," the statement said.

It should also include the status of the First Information Report (FIR) registered, action taken against the officials responsible, and relief if any, provided to the next of kin of the deceased, it added.

Police demands bribe 

"According to the media report, the police had detained the younger brother for two days alleging that his brother-in-law had eloped with one girl and released him only after taking a bribe of Rs 10,000. Two days later, his elder brother and nephew were picked up by the police demanding Rs 90,000 as a bribe to release them," the statement said.

"Reportedly, a part of the amount was also paid but the concerned SHO of Police Station Sadabad, Hathras was pressurising them for further payment.The elder brother had reportedly also brought the matter to the notice of the SO for action against the SHO," it added.


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