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India: Fear for safety / health concern

, Index number: ASA 20/040/1999

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of witnesses to two alleged extra-judicial executions by police. They are reportedly being threatened and intimidated. The organization also has health concerns for Dalbir Singh, Munna Lal and Bhoo Devi (f) who were injured by police during a protest against the killings.

PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 20/40/99
UA 301/99 Fear for safety / Health concern 17 November 1999
INDIADalbir Singh
Munna Lal
Bhoo Devi (f) and several others
Witnesses to police killings
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of witnesses to two alleged
extra-judicial executions by police in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, on the night
of 21/22 October 1999. They are reportedly being threatened and intimidated
by police against testifying before a magistrate appointed to investigate the
case.
The organization also has health concerns for the three people named above
and others who were injured when police charged a crowd of people gathered
at the Sanskrit Vidyalaya (educational institute), where one of the killings
took place on 24 October, to protest the police killings. Local government
doctors have reportedly refused to treat them for suspected fractures after
police threatened them if they did. Several people in the crowd were injured
during the protest and 14 arrested.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The killings reportedly took place after an argument broke out in a restaurant
in Hathras in the evening of 21 October between an Additional Superintendent
of Police (ASP) and the two dead men, Arun Kumar Gupta and Noor Mohammed. A
third man who was with them is believed to have run away.
Police reinforcements called in reportedly severely beat Arun Kumar Gupta and
Noor Mohammed before taking them to Sanskrit Vidyalaya in the early hours of
22 October. Arun Kumar Gupta was reportedly shot dead there (police later
reported that a criminal had been shot dead) while Noor Mohammed was taken
to a nearby police post. Police later reported shooting dead another criminal
in the cremation ground of Nabipur. Witnesses have said they saw Noor Mohammed
at the police post and later being taken to the cremation ground, both times
his hands were tied behind his back.
The bodies of both men have not been handed over to relatives but cremated
by police.
There have been repeated allegations in recent years of police killings or
"fake encounters" in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In April 1998 Kalyan Singh,
Chief Minister of the state before he resigned on 11 November 1999 was apparently
heard telling police: "If noted criminals can be liquidated in encounters,
do it. If you take the life of one person who has taken the lives of 10 others,
then people will praise you. And I am here to protect you".
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
English or your own language:
- expressing concern that witnesses to two alleged extra-judicial executions
by police in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, on the night of 21/22 October 1999 are
reportedly being threatened and intimidated by police against testifying to
the magistrate appointed to investigate the case;
- urging the authorities to protect witnesses and to take immediate action
against any police officers found responsible for intimidating them;
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- urging the authorities to cooperate fully with the magisterial inquiry into
the deaths of Arun Kumar Gupta and Noor Mohammed;
- asking them to organize immediate medical treatment for Dalbir Singh, Munna
Lal, Bhoo Devi and others injured by police in a protest against the killings
on 24 October 1999;
- urging the authorities to promptly bring any police officers identified in
the course of the inquiry to have been involved in the killings to justice.
APPEALS TO:
Mr Ram Prakash Gupta
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Office of the Chief Minister
Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh
India
Telegrams:Chief Minister, Lucknow, India
Faxes: + 91 522 230 002
Salutation: Dear Chief Minister
Mr L.K. Advani
Minister of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
North Block
New Delhi 110 001
India
Telegrams:Minister Home Affairs, New Delhi, India
Faxes: + 91 11 301 5750
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of India accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 29 December 1999.

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