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921 encounters, 33 deaths within ten months of BJP-led government in UP

January 12, 2018

New Delhi :There have been 921 encounters leading to 33 deaths within ten months of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Uttar Pradesh, and despite National Human Rights Commission issuing notice to the government headed by Yogi Adityanath, there has been no answer from the regime, a media report said today.

History-sheeter Channu Sonkar became, in Azamgarh, the 30th person killed by UP police in encounters in the less than 10 months since March 20, 2017, when the current government took over, reported The Indian Express.

The report said that these 30 persons were killed in 29 encounters while three policemen were killed in separate encounters — out of 921 during that period.

On November 22, the National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to the state government over 19 encounters in six months.

Quoting records, the report said that at least 29 encounters took place so far in which wanted men were killed. In the month-and-a-half since the notice, eight encounters — three in the new year — have led to the death of eight wanted men and a constable.

The government, according to the report, said it has yet to receive the notice from the NHRC, which had given it six weeks to reply.

“We have so far not received any notice from NHRC in connection with the deaths in police encounters,” the report quoted principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar as having said.

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