NHRC seeks report over police brutality during anti-CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to UP Chief Secretary, DGP seeking a detailed report within six weeks on a complaint filed by Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi over the alleged police brutality against demonstrators during anti-CAA protests in state.

“The Commission finds it appropriate to direct issuance of notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), UP, calling for a detailed and specific report within 6 weeks on the allegations mentioned in the complaint,” the notice reads. “Looking into the gravity and sensitivity of the matter, the Commission expects that the requisite report shall be sent by the authorities within the stipulated time, without any delay,” adds the notice.

In her complaint submitted to the NHRC, Priyanka Gandhi had requested an inquiry into the alleged “unlawful and brutal conduct” of the Uttar Pradesh Police and the “abject failure” of the state government in “upholding the rule of law” during the course of public demonstrations against the CAA and proposed NRC.

In its letter to CS, NHRC said it has “received some more complaints alleging highhandedness & excessive use of force by police in Lucknow & Kanpur dists of UP during protests by the general public against the CAA and NRC.”