Mulayam meets NHRC acting chiarman

Yadav spoke highly of the state police and of course explained his point on Nithari killings, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.
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Published on Jan 20, 2007 12:41 AM IST
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None | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Lucknow

In an obvious bid to convince the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that all was well in the state the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav met Acting Chairman NHRC Dr Shivraj V Patil, spoke highly of the state police and of course explained his point on Nithari killings. The NHRC, however, only gave him a patient hearing.

Referring to the Nithari case the chief minister said the Nithari case has been transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation. This would delay the investigations, said the chief minister. Chief Minister said 46000 children had disappeared in different states. Out of them 2600 children had disappeared in Delhi alone and it was the collective responsibility to find how and what action should be taken in such cases.

Talking to Hindustan Times Patil said senior officers of the state government had informed him that the chief minister wanted to meet him. "So I suggested the entire NHRC could be present there. It was not a one to one meeting," said Patil. Asked as to what steps he proposed to take on Nithari killings Patil said the NHRC had received the reply of the state government only two days ago.

The State Government has sent the reply in response to the notice that the NHRC had issued to the chief secretary and the DGP. The NHRC was examining the reply, he said adding appropriate action would be taken once the report was finalised.

Asked about the CM's assertions Patil said there were no discussions on the issue. CM just spoke about his achievements, he said. In an official statement the chief minister said the NHRC's visit to Uttar Pradesh would bring forward the fact that the law and order in Uttar Pradesh was better than any other state.

Chief Minister lauded the state police for working out the case of terrorists attack in Ayodhya while such incidents of terrorists' attacks have not been worked out in any many other states. Chief Minister said he informed NHRC that 323 notorious dacoits including Nirbhay Gujjar had been killed in encounters with the police in the past one year. The number of dacoits killed in the past three years was 1000, said chief minister adding terror of dacoits had ended in the Chambal and Yamuna ravines and the farmers were freely working in their fields.

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