KANPUR: Samajwadi Party president and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday alleged that encounters in Uttar Pradesh are fake. "Not only are the opposition parties saying that these encounters are fake but also the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the court have raised fingers on these encounters," Yadav said.
Yadav said that most of the encounters have taken place in Western Uttar Pradesh and law and order situation has worsened there. "Encounters are to deceive. The law and order worsened at the places where these encounters have taken place," he added.
He also alleged that people are falsely implicated as criminals and also claimed that policemen open fire on themselves to prove that the encounters are not fake.
Yadav's statement comes days after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent notices to the UP government and the Director General of Police over reports that a youth was shot dead in an alleged "fake encounter" by the state police in Muzaffarnagar. The panel has also sought a report in four weeks.
NHRC said that it is a solemn duty of the police force to protect the people and "not to create an atmosphere of fear under the garb of dealing with crime". "Any death caused in an encounter, if not justified, would amount to an offence of culpable homicide," it said.
The NHRC said it has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report s per which 20-year-old Irshad Ahmad of Muzaffarnagar district was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by UP Police on November 27. His father reportedly said that his son had no criminal history and was killed in cold blood in a fake encounter.