Freedom Under Fire: CBI Judge Asks Why Senior Police Not Indicted in Pilibhit Fake Encounter; Mandya Girl Killed for Relationship with Dalit Boy

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A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.

Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Why were senior officers not indicted in Pilibhit probe, court asks CBI

CBI special judge Lallu Singh has asked the investigating agency to explain why senior police officers were not indicted in the fake encounter killings of 11 Sikhs at Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh in 1991, Hindustan Times reported. “The manner in which the massacre was carried out shows that senior police officials posted in Pilibhit at the time of the incident were issuing directives to their juniors,” he said in the judgment. The judge asked the state government to reopen the probe so that senior officers can be formally charged.

Mandya man allegedly kills daughter for falling in love with Dalit boy

According to a report in The News Minute, Mandya police have said that the death of a upper caste Hindu girl, who was in love with a Dalit boy, is suspected to be a case of honour killing by the girl’s family. A case of murder has been booked against the girl’s father and two maternal uncles. Police confirmed that the family members had admitted to murdering the girl and hanging her from a tree. The girl, Monica, had apparently also been physically tortured by her family because of her relationship.

Dalit student harassed

A Dalit student of Delhi University has alleged that he was attacked by a group of students, who also passed casteist remarks, at Hans Raj College when he was pasting posters of a protest on the college premises, The Hindu reported. He approached the Maurice Nagar police station to file a complaint. The student said he went to both the principal of the college and the police, but neither of them were willing to listen to his plea.

Mall staff turn moral police, beat up youth

A 25-year old man from a minority community was allegedly attacked by mall staff in Mangalore’s Forum Fiza Mall after he was seen with a girl from a different community. Police arrested five people belonging to a right-wing group, a Times of India report states.

4 DU students detained for attempting to stop Arvind Kejriwal’s car

According to a NDTV report, four students of Delhi University’s Satyawati College were detained when they allegedly tried to stop Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s car to submit a memorandum of demands including transport concession passes for students and better facilities for differently abled students when he was leaving the institute after attending a festival even on Tuesday. However, college authorities said the students were stopped by security because they wanted to click selfies with Kejriwal.

CRPF deployed at NIT Srinagar after campus unrest

Outstation students expressed a sense of insecurity and attempted to leave the campus of NIT Srinagar on Tuesday, leading to a confrontation with the police and a lathi charge which injured some students, a Times of India report states. Students have alleged that they were having a dharna which was brutally lathi charged by the police, and they were not allowed to leave the campus gates. Police has said that students attacked them with stones. CRPF has now been deployed to the campus to “increase security”.

According to a NDTV report, the institute has been tense for a week now, after a clash between local and outstation students when India lost in the T20 World Cup semi-finals. Outstation students have demanded permanent CRPF guard at the campus, and want the national flag to be flown and the director to be removed.


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