NHRC notice to UP over death of rice mill owner

New Delhi : National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the death of a rice mill owner due to alleged police torture in Rampur district.

Taking cognizance of the issue, the commission said it has learnt that Jalal Ahmed, owner of a rice mill, died due to alleged physical torture by police in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, when they were refused bribe of Rs 1 lakh.

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According to the commission, the police had entered the mill premises alleging that illegal activities were being run from there and demanded bribe of Rs 1 lakh from the owner, which was refused by him.

“Thereafter, allegedly, the policemen started beating Jalal Ahmed with rifle butts, fists and boots. The victim started bleeding and fell down. After the policemen left, he was taken to the District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” said a statement from the commission.

The Commission observed that the incident if true is very inhuman and highlights abuse of power by police officials. They could have taken lawful action against any alleged illegal activity, instead of using excessive force as mentioned in the news report.

“The commission has issued a notice to the DGP, Government of Uttar Pradesh, calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks,” said the statement from the commission.