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Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann

The Tribune 9th February 2018


Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that the communal situation in Haryana is worsening by the day as atrocities against the Dalit’s and the Muslim’s and now Kashmiri’s are multiplying by the day. The situation in neighbouring Rajasthan and UP, where radical BJP-RSS governments are in power is no better.
In BJP-RSS governments in power in Chhattisgarh and its neighbour Andhra Pradesh where there is a government in power in coalition with the BJP-RSS, we learn of daily fake encounter killings by the police of innocent people fighting for their rights who are dubbed as Naxalites and Marxists and shot dead. The CPI and CPM are mum on these extra judicial murders by the police.
For example read the news from the Indian Express dated 16th September 2017 given below:
• Uttar Pradesh police: 420 encounters in six months, 15 people killed
Uttar Pradesh police: 420 encounters in six months, 15 people killed
Eighty-eight policemen suffered injuries in the encounters between March 20 and September 14, according to the figures. They show that ten of the alleged criminals were killed in just 48 days leading up to September 14.
Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Updated: September 16, 2017 6:54 am
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. (File photo)
The Uttar Pradesh Police conducted 420 encounters with alleged criminals, killing 15, in less than six months since the Yogi Adityanath government came to power, according to official statistics released Friday. Figures released by the Director General of Police headquarters show that a sub-inspector, Jai Prakash Singh, died in one of these encounters with a gang of alleged dacoits in Chitrakoot.
Eighty-eight policemen suffered injuries in the encounters between March 20 and September 14, according to the figures. They show that ten of the alleged criminals were killed in just 48 days leading up to September 14.
While IG (Law and Order), Hari Ram Sharma, said that these encounters were part of police’s efforts to “control crime”, questions are being raised over a series of tweets by Rahul Srivastav, public relations officer at the DGP headquarters.
On September 2, a day after wanted criminal Sunil Sharma succumbed to injuries sustained in an encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow, Srivastav posted: “#uppolice encounter express halts in the capital… miles to go…” The tweet was accompanied by a news clipping of the encounter.
On September 12, Srivastav posted: “No count is final. It’s 5 now. A 12,000 rewardee criminal Raju succumbed to bullet injuries in Shamli, another got injured in Muzaffarnagar.”
When contacted, Srivastav declined comment and referred queries to IG Sharma, who is the spokesperson for the DGP’s office.
Sharma said police also arrested 1,106 persons in these encounters in which 84 accused were injured. The officer said that the National Security Act has been invoked against 54 accused while the properties of 69 gangsters were attached under the UP Gangster and Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act.
“Criminals do not surrender to police without any resistance. Policemen need to fire in retaliation,” he said.
Dismissing suggestions that police were portraying these encounters as normal, Sharma said, “Police is accountable to the executive, judiciary, media and people. Every encounter is probed through a magisterial inquiry. The National Human Rights Commission has been informed about the deaths.”
ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, “We have adopted an aggressive and proactive approach towards criminals who are creating fear in society. We are identifying these wanted criminals to arrest them.”
Asked about the encounters, Kumar said, “They happen and are not planned. When police work proactively, there are chances that such encounters will happen.”
The BJP government, which took charge on March 19, had faced criticism for its inability to control crime, especially in the initial days of its rule. In June, in an interview telecast on India TV, Adityanath warned: “Agar apradh karenge toh thok diye jayenge (If they commit crimes, they will be hit).”

No Human Rights body or the National Human Rights Commission in Delhi is taking cognizance of these killings by the state. In Kashmir there are wide scale killings of Kashmiri’s by the army which enjoys impunity given to it by the dreaded law-AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act), which is sanctified by the Supreme Court though article 21 of the Indian constitution states that no person will be deprived of his life and liberty without following the procedure laid down by law. The Supreme Court is remiss in safeguarding the constitution, for which it came into being. This is a laugh. The killings of 43 innocent Sikh’s in village Chittisinghpura of Kashmir in 2000 by the army have not been taken cognizance of by the Jammu & Kashmir government, Union government in Delhi and the Supreme Court though our party has informed these constitutional bodies time out of number.

Simranjit Singh Mann (simranjitsinghmann@yahoo.com)

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