Deoria, UP:

Barbaric attack by the police.

It is reported by one Ms. Isharat Jahan ,w/o Shri Shamshuddin Khan of Deoria, UP that their house situated in Mohalla Abubaker was attacked on April 17, at around noon time, by the Superintendent of Police, other police officers and jawans, and a large contingent of the PAC. The invading party broke open the main entrance. They indulged in destruction of furniture, etc. Some valuables, that were kept for the marriage of two daughters, like bridal dresses, some cash (Rs. 40,000/-), and jewelry worth Rs 1,00,000./- were all looted. The officers and Jawans abused women and children in most foul language. This continued for about two and a half hours. When a local MLA tried to intervene the police falsely told them that it was a case of attachment and was being done under orders of higher police authorities.

One Shri Ram Nagina Yadav was murdered on April 13, around 7.30 in the evening. Three persons were named in the FIR. It was said that Pankaj Rai, who had an old feud with late Shri Yadav, had shot him. He, Imran, and Zuber, his accomplices, were absconding. On coming to know of the FIR, Imran's father handed him over to the police. Pankaj Rai and Zuber are still absconding. No action has been taken regarding Pankaj Rai as he is related to a Minister in the State Cabinet. Shamshuddin is Zuber's father's brother, though they live separately. Shamshuddin and his sister's brother were taken into custody on the night of April 13. Terrorised by this action, his family had locked house and taken shelter elsewhere. The police broke into the locked house, looted and vandalised it, and destroyed some property. It is reported that a Minister of the State Government, a Parliament member, and a member of the Legislative Council branded a hole community as ISI agents.

The above case has been reported to the National Human Rights Commission and a copy has been sent to the General Secretary, PUCL at Delhi.

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