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NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh's high-handedness is not just reflected in the arbitrary transfer of officers
such as Durga Sakthi Nagpal and slapping of bogus cases against dissenters (as in the case of Dalit
scholar Kanwal Bharti), it can also be seen in the massive number of illegal arrests made by the UP
police.
According to National Human Rights Commission data, UP records an overwhelming majority of
illegal arrests in the country, accounting for more than 80% of all such cases. In fact, it tips its nearest
competitor, Delhi, by over 3,000% almost year after year.
In the past three years (April 2010 to July 2013), UP accounted for 3,397 illegal arrests out of 3,950
such cases recorded across India by NHRC. The count for the rest of the 27 states and seven union
territories put together was just 553.
"What do you expect from a state where many politicians themselves are criminals? How do you
expect them to have any respect for law and order or human rights?" says Colin Gonsalves of Human
Rights Law Network.
From April 2012 to March 2013, NHRC recorded 703 cases of illegal arrests in all. As many as 589 of these were against the UP police. UP accounts for
161 of 192 illegal arrests in '13
Its closest rivals in this dubious distinction, Uttarakhand and Delhi, were way behind with 14 cases each. Data for this period shows only two other
states where the number of illegal arrests had crossed double figures — Karnataka (12) and Andhra Pradesh (10).
In 2013 too (April 1 to July 20), UP accounted for 161 such cases of the total of 192 recorded by NHRC in the entire country. Its closest rival, Delhi, was
again was behind with only five cases.
Year 2011 was the worse for UP, with the state police being at the wrong end of the law 1,101 times of the total of 1,249 cases registered by NHRC. Delhi
again took the second spot with 38 cases. In 2010 too UP recorded 1,546 such cases of the total of 1,716. These are cases that were brought to NHRC's
notice. The real figures for both UP and other states are bound to be higher as many complainants go to state human rights commissions instead of
knocking at NHRC's doors.
Conversely, sources say, UP being closer to Delhi, more people may tend to approach NHRC in the capital. But if that was true, neighbouring Haryana
would also show a high number of illegal arrests. However,Haryana's figures for many years have remained in single digits.
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Deeptiman Tiwary,TNN | Aug 16, 2013, 05.27 AM IST
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UP accounts for over 80% of illegal arrests in India
According to National Human Rights Commission
data, UP records an overwhelming majority of
illegal arrests in the country.