Ghaziabad: Human rights Commission directs Meerut IG to investigate Shaheed Nagar murder
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Ghaziabad: Human rights Commission directs Meerut IG to investigate Shaheed Nagar murder

65-year-old Singhsan Yadav was allegedly killed by four Muslim youths he had got into an altercation with on January 25.

noida Updated: Feb 22, 2017 12:06 IST
human rights commission,Shaheed Nagar,Ghaziabad
A Hindu outfit had staged a protest in the area following the murder. However, the family members of the victim dismissed there was a communal angle to the murder.(HT File)

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the inspector general (IG) of Meerut zone to conduct an independent inquiry into the death of 65-year-old Singhsan Yadav and submit a report within four weeks.

Yadav was murdered inside his Shaheed Nagar residence on the night of January 25, allegedly by four men who retaliated against Yadav after he had rebuked them for using foul language to address women.

Rajiv Sharma, a human rights activist from the locality, had filed the petition at NHRC. The petitioner alleged that the murder took place due to police inaction and negligence, and demanded compensation and security for the victim’s family.

“Let a notice be issued to the IG of police, Meerut zone, UP, calling for an independent inquiry and report within four weeks. In the meanwhile, the director general, investigation division of the Commission shall also get the facts collected over the telephone and put up the same within three days,” the NHRC stated in its order on Monday.

During the incident that took place around 1.30am on January 26, Anas, Asif and Gullu and another unidentified man allegedly barged into the house of the victim and inflicted multiple injuries to Yadav, who died later at GTB Hospital in Delhi.

“After my father objected to the use of foul language against women, the accused had an altercation with my father. He was slapped by men from their community but the issue was settled at the local police post,” Madan Yadav, the victim’s son, said.

The petitioner said, “We have maintained that after the altercation, the police negotiated a compromise between them but the situation turned ugly later. It shows police laxity. We also demand that the victim’s family be paid compensation and given police security.”

“On one hand, the victim’s family in Bisada (lynching incident) was paid compensation; the victim here was also murdered but the government has not offered any help. The victim also has the same rights of those in the lynching incident. His family must be compensated and provided security,” Sharma said.

The senior superintendent of police, Deepak Kumar, could not be reached.

“We will reply to the NHRC notice when it is received. In the case, we arrested the three persons and the investigation is continuing,” said Anup Singh, circle officer (Sahibabad).

The murder of Singhasan Yadav was also raised in the recent election campaigns in Ghaziabad. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Yogi Adityanath had slammed the law and order in the state and alleged police laxity in dealing with the incident, while addressing a rally in Shalimar Garden on January 30.

First Published: Feb 21, 2017 22:35 IST