NHRC raps Yogi govt, issues notice over brutal conduct against anti-CAA protesters

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi along with former Congress president Rahul Gandhi had met NHRC Chairman H L Dattu on January 27 and presented evidences of brutal conduct of the UP police

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi at NHRC (Photo Courtesy: IANS)
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi at NHRC (Photo Courtesy: IANS)
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NH Political Bureau

The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) on Monday has issued a notice to the Yogi government and sought a detailed and specific report over brutal conduct of police against anti-CAA protesters.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with former Congress president Rahul Gandhi met NHRC Chairman H L Dattu on January 27 and presented evidences of brutal conduct of the UP police.

Demanding intervention of the NHRC, Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi in her 31-page memorandum, alleged that the UP government in a deliberate manner detained, harassed and brutalised anti-CAA protesters across the state.

“There is a systematic process being put in place across the country. They are including Police Mitras to brutalise the people,” Rahul Gandhi had told the NHRC members.

Apart from Rahul and Priyanka, Abhishek Singhvi, Jitin Prasada and UP Congress president Ajay Lallu were also part of the delegation that met NHRC.

“It has been found that there has been a failure to lodge FIRs. Not a single police officer (has been) named as accused. There have been numerous FIRs against protestors in which victims have become accused,” Singhvi told the media after meeting members of the NHRC.

It may be recalled that after the enactment of the CAA, Uttar Pradesh witnessed huge protests across the state.  From Lucknow to Varanasi to Allahabad to Kanpur, people took to the streets to express their anger against the Act. In retaliation, the Yogi government slapped stringent charges against anti-CAA protesters.

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