The National Human
Rights Commission today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to pay
monetary relief of Rs 3 lakh each to the next of kin of those who
were killed in a fake police encounter on September 2, 2003.
It has also asked
the State Government to submit compliance report with proof of
payment within eight weeks. The Commission considered this case on
two complaints, alleging fake encounter, filed on September 12, 2003
and March 9, 2004 by K N Srivastava and Bhansidhar Sahu, a farmer,
''It was found
that Ram Shankar, son of Sahu and Prabhat Singh, son of a retired
teacher Lallan Prasad, hailing from a village in Jharkhand, were
going to Beejpur by train when police picked them while they
alighted at Jharokas railway station to take some refreshment", a
NHRC spokesperson told UNI.
''They took them
to the forest within the jurisdiction of Police Post Mayorpur and
killed them in a fake encounter,'' he added.
The police had
claimed that they were in search of criminals involved in robbery of
a bus on September 1, 2003 and in this connection had gone to
Rantola forest on September 2, 2003. They overheard conversation
among some people hiding in the Khadpattar Nallah. They said they
were convinced that the those people hiding in the Nallah were
involved in the robbery as when asked to surrender, they started
firing at them and in self defence they had to return fire.
Crime Branch's, Criminal Investigation Department, found that the
police story of encounter was not correct”, the spokesperson
informed. A criminal case was also registered against the delinquent
police personnel at Police Station Pipri in Sonebhadra district.
Uttar Pradesh government in response to Commission's showcause
notice conceded in letter dated May 13, 2008 that the slain boys'
next of kin were entitled to monetary relief, he said.