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Chitrakoot Jail Firing Incident: NHRC Issues Notice to Police and Prison Authorities, Seeks ATR

Chitrakoot Jail Firing Incident: NHRC Issues Notice to Police and Prison Authorities, Seeks ATR

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has requested a response from the Uttar Pradesh DGP, as well as local and prison authorities in Chitrakoot, regarding a recent shooting incident in a district prison that claimed three lives.

On May 14, 2021, a prisoner allegedly snatched a pistol from a prison guard and killed two other inmates. As a result, he was also killed in a jail staff shooting.

The state government has already suspended the Jail Superintendent and Jailor, blaming them for security lapses.

The NHRC has now requested that the Director General of Police, UP, the District Magistrate of Chitrakoot, the Superintendent of Police of Chitrakoot, and the Superintendent of the Chitrakoot Jail submit an Action Taken Report within ten weeks.

The Commission has also requested a site plan of the crime scene, including details on the positioning of forces/police and the deceased during the encounter, as well as a report from a fingerprint expert detailing whether the chance prints found on the seized weapon match the fingerprints of the victim alleged to have fired the recovered weapon or not.

It has been requested that the following documents be included in the report:

  • Detailed report (covering all aspects of the prisoners'/encounter's death/death/death/death/death/ encounter's encounter's encounter's encounter's encounter's
  • Copies of all relevant GD entries or extracts, including police/forces' departure and arrival before and after the encounter
  • A copy of the seizure memo
  • MLC reports on injured police officers, if any
  • Details of the deceased's criminal history, if any (including the current status of any cases filed against the deceased)
  • Site plan of the occurrence with all the details (including the positions of the forces/police and the deceased during the encounter)
  • Report of the Inquest
  • Post-mortem examination report for each of the deceased (a typed copy of the PMR, particularly the injury, as well as a diagram of the entry-exit/wound, must be provided). The report should state whether or not blackening/charring/tattooing was present.
  • Postmortem examination videocassette/CD for each of the deceased
  • The result of a forensic examination of the deceased's "hand wash" to determine the presence of gun powder residue.
  • Report of a Ballistic Expert on the examination of the weapons and ammunition allegedly used by the deceased and his companions
  • Expert fingerprint report, clearly stating whether the chance prints found on the seized weapon match the fingerprints of the victim alleged to have fired the recovered weapon or not.
  • Information about the investigating agency and the current status of the case
  • Report of the Magistrates' Inquiry (along with copies of the statement of family members of the deceased and other independent witnesses)
  • If applicable, the following reports must also be submitted to the Commission:
  • If applicable, a copy of the deceased person's body should be handed over along with the memo.
  • If applicable, a copy of the identification memo
  • Copies of pertinent wireless logs
  • Action taken in response to a complaint filed by a deceased person's relative or other individuals alleging murder in a fake encounter/negligence on the part of public servants.

The NHRC has also requested that the State Human Rights Commission of Uttar Pradesh, through its Secretary, notify it of the date of cognizance, if any, in this matter.

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