The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday directed the UP government to pay Rs three lakhs as compensation to the wife of an army personnel killed in a scuffle with police a decade ago.
The case pertains to one Subedar Major Roop Singh, a resident of Badaun who died in 1999 while protesting against the arrest of his nephew Gajender by the local police, who allegedly hit him with a rifle butt on his chest.
Condemning the attack, the Commission observed that the incident reflects the "colonial times" as no FIR was registered in the case despite a magisterial enquiry noting lapses on the part of the police in his report.
"If the police had no intention to hush up the matter, it should had registered a criminal case against the delinquent police officials and appropriate investigation should had been undertaken," the human rights body added, according to the statement in New Delhi.
Had the post-mortem been conducted, the cause of death would have been revealed and hence, "the omission to direct a post-mortem is inexplicable," said the Commission which also took note of the state government's failure to reply to its notice in the matter.
The commission has directed the state government to pay monetary compensation to the widow of the victim within eight weeks.