The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken a suo motu cognisance of a Hindustan Times report, dated April 26 under the headline "Goons abduct youth from Noida police chowki".
The NHRC has, quoting from the HT report, sent a notice to Uttar Pradesh's director general of police, asking him to submit a report in the matter to the commission within four weeks.
The commission said if the contents of the report are true, it raises serious issues of dereliction of duty on the part of the police, resulting in violation of human rights of the youth.
Citing the report, the NHRC said Hemchand Sharma was on his way home in Jaitpur on the Delhi-Noida border when he saw a group of people beating someone on the expressway. The attackers thought that he had come to help the victim. While the first victim fled in the ensuing melee, the miscreants began beating Sharma.
"He tried to flee, but was chased by the goons. Finding no escape, he drove his motorcycle into a police chowki under Sector 39 police station of Noida and cried for help, but to no avail. The policemen present at the chowki refused to help the youth, resulting in his kidnapping," the NHRC has further quoted the HT report.
Sharma somehow managed to flee and boarded a bus to Rishikesh in panic from where his family brought him back. "The report also alleged that the policemen also did not take note of Hemchand's abandoned motorcycle in the chowki premises for two days after the incident," the NHRC has said.
A senior police officer investigating the case said, "We're awaiting his cell phone details to know the changing locations on the fateful night and establish the chain of events. There is contradiction between Sharma's statement and those of his father and brother."